UT Austin and the U.S. EPA announced a new study of indoor environments for 120 high school classrooms across central Texas. The EPA awarded UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering over $989,000 to research environmental factors and student health.
“This project will discover innovative and practical solutions to improve our schools,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “We want to make sure our schools are healthy places for our children to learn, play and grow.”
The four-year project, Healthy High School PRIDE (Partnership in Research on Indoor Environments), will investigate parameters such as noise, lighting and indoor air quality. The researchers will also test innovative, low-cost engineering approaches for improving high school interiors.
The project will also provide hands-on learning for students. High school students will complete workshops and team-based projects. Teachers will use the study as a basis for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons.