Earth Day: Breaking the Mold, Toxic Mold
In honor of Earth Day, more than 85 PBS stations in dozens of states
will air an award-winning show on toxic mold funded by the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Targeted to 5th through 9th grade students, "EnviroMysteries:
Breaking the Mold," is an informative and fun 30-minute video
that teaches viewers about mold, asthma and scientific inquiry.
It tells a story of a young girl, Kee, who discovers her true calling
in life to be a researcher. After suffering from a serious asthma
attack during a short stint on a reality TV show, Kee becomes motivated
to learn more about asthma and its possible links to environmental
exposures. As she learns more, she makes a startling discovery that
affects the lives of many people. By following Kee's experience,
viewers learn about asthma, its triggers, and how to reduce or prevent
exposures to those environmental triggers.
A website accompanying the show (enviromysteries.thinkport.org/breakingthemold/)
offers lesson plans, based on national curriculum standards, for
teachers to engage students as they watch the story about Kee. Together
the video, educational resources, and classroom activities empower
students to assume an active role in environmental issues that can
affect their health today and in the future.
The product of a collaboration between Maryland Public Television
and a NIEHS-supported Environmental Health Sciences center at Johns
Hopkins University, the video earned a prestigious CINE award and
an ITVA-DC Peer Award last year and has appeared in numerous film
festivals across the U.S.
Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIEHS conducts and supports
research to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from
environmental causes by understanding environmental factors, individual
susceptibility and age and by discovering how these influences interrelate.