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Environmental Health Student Portal

Posted by on January 13th, 2011 Posted in: News from NLM, Training & Education

Environmental Health Student Portal

The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health introduced a new Environmental Student Health Portal this week.

Connecting middle school students to environmental health information is the goal, and the site provides a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 6 – 8 to learn how the environment can impact our health. The Web site explores topics such as water pollution, climate change, atmosphere, and chemicals.

The topics covered within this Web site provide a great resource tool for teachers. Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, or to further explore the connection between human activities and the environment and how these activities affect our health. This resource is a reliable Web site for students to explore and obtain information for research assignments and science fair projects ideas.

The Middle School Environmental Health Web site takes advantage of several different mediums. The site links to articles, games, activities, and videos. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Users can also explore Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers and view current event press releases from MedlinePlus on environmental health related topics.

The NLM collaborated with teachers from various demographical areas to determine site topics and evaluate site links for usefulness and reliability in the classroom. Each link was further evaluated by NLM staff to insure the content met NLM standards.

The Middle School Environmental Health Web site is a product of the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine.

Visit our new Web site, the Environmental Health Student Portal, at http://www.kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov, as well as other classroom resources from the National Library of Medicine:

Environmental Health Science/Chemistry
Tox Town (Grades 6 -12+)
TOXMAP (Grades 9 – 12+)
Household Products Database (Grades 6 – 12+)
ChemIDplus (Grades 7 – 12+)
ToxMystery (Grades 1 – 5)

Forensics and Medical Technology
Visible Proofs (Grades 6 -12+)
Visible Human Project (Grades 6 – 12+)
• Frankenstein – Penetrating the secrets of nature (6-12+)

Genetics Home Reference (Grades 6 – 12+)
Harry Potter’s World (Grades 6 -12)

General Health Science/Biology
MedlinePlus (Grades 6 – 12+)
AIDSinfo (Grades 6 – 12+)
Changing the Face of Medicine (6 – 12+)
Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (Grades 3 – 12+)

Image of the author ABOUT Patricia Devine
Medical Librarian, Network Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, PNR. I work for a network of libraries and organizations with an interest in health information.

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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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