Citizen science project facilitating student learning about air quality, climate, and how aerosols impact their communities.

Collaborative Learning through Environmental and Aerosol Research (CLEAR)

The CLEAR Program is designed to bring the research and science of CAICE to the public. It is an educational initiative that is designed to engage high school and community college students in learning about the chemistry of aerosols, climate, and the environment by encouraging collaboration and experimentation.


Through the CLEAR Program, participants will explore:

  • Aerosol Sources and Impacts - Understand the sources of aerosol particles in the environment, how the sources of aerosol particles affect their chemical composition, and the impacts of aerosols on health and climate.
  • Experimental Design - Formulate hypotheses about the environment and design controlled experiments.
  • Measurements and Instrumentation - Use Purple Air sensors to collect and interpret data, gain insight into the scientific process, and learn about the environment though air quality monitoring. 

View Past Top CLEAR Program Posters
View CLEAR Program Art Gallery

This program is designed to engage students in a hands on research experience. Students will design their own experiment, analyze data and create visual representations of their research findings. The final products of the program include an academic poster and an art work.

Have questions? Email Jeanette Starpine, the Director of Education, Outreach & Diversity:

LIVING IN THE MODERN WORLD, OUR SOCIETY CONTINUES TO FACE MANY GLOBAL ISSUES — from human disease and hunger to pollution and climate change.  Science plays a critical role in helping us learn about how these issues affect our world and how we might go about fixing them. Every day, scientists work to better understand the issues that face us. However, these problems are large, complex, and complicated—meaning we have to work together to figure them out!  No one scientist can solve these issues alone, but together, teams of scientists can work together to build the knowledge that we need to work through these challenges. Starting with an observation, researchers formulate a scientific question that they can study in a controlled manner—in this way, scientists answer one question at a time, until we can understand how the bigger issue works.

The CLEAR Project will help you to learn about small particles in our atmosphere, called aerosols, which come from both natural sources and from human pollution. By participating in the CLEAR program, teams of students will have the opportunity to contribute to the research effort of CAICE by working on their own research study. CAICE researchers are working to understand how these particles in our atmosphere impact our environment and climate change. Now, you are part of this effort too—welcome to the team!

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