Author: Cristobal Carambo
Philadelphia Highschool for Girls
Seminar: Lead & Health
Grade Level: 9-12
Lead is a powerful neurotoxin that can adversely affect the intellectual and emotional development of children and young adults. Although our nation has undertaken many efforts to eliminate it from the environment, millions of children in our nation’s inner cities and poorer communities remain at risk. The Flint water crisis brought the dangers of lead in our water system to national attention; however, it can still be found in the soil, dust, and residues of leadbased paint in our homes and schools. In order to protect themselves, residents ( and students) must know how to evaluate their risk of exposure and how to remediate any lead found in their environment. This two-week unit will explore the chemistry of lead, its health effects, as well as existing lead public health policies in the city of Philadelphia. Students will use their learning to increase awareness of lead in our environment and promote ways to keep their homes and communities lead free.
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