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Radon Poster Contest Gets Underway

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah students are urged to help increase awareness of radon by participating in the 2017 National Radon Poster Contest.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless gas that can enter homes through cracks in the basement floor or from well water. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 1 in 3 Utah homes have elevated levels of radon, which has been linked to lung cancer.

The contest is being held in partnership with the DEQ, the Utah Department of Health, the Utah Cancer Action Network and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Children ages 9-18 are eligible to participate. Participants will compete in three categories: grades four through six; grades seven through nine; and grades 10 thought 12.

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Radon Poster Contest for Colorado Students

From Colorado Radon: The 2018 National Radon Poster Contest is now open, giving Colorado students 9 to 14 years old a chance to educate communities about indoor radon risks, win cash prizes and have their artwork distributed across the state or country.

The contest, which closes Nov. 30, 2017, is coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is designed to raise awareness about radon testing and to inform people of the danger of radon in their homes. Posters are first entered in the Colorado contest, with the winning poster representing Colorado in the national contest.

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Bethel Park students collaborate on radon-testing project

Testing for radon comes with the possibility of producing numbers you don’t exactly want to see.

“Luckily, none of our houses in Bethel were above the actionable levels that the EPA sets,” Neil Armstrong Middle School teacher Joe Rosi said, “which is awesome.”

As part of a project involving collaboration with Bethel Park High School students, Rosi’s fifth-graders conducted tests at their homes, determining if any exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s threshold at which corrective action should be taken. For the record, and for aspiring scientists, that’s four picocuries per liter.

“We have kids who already have abatement systems that exist in their houses,” Rosi said. “They didn’t know what they had them for, and now they know.”

Radon: It could be lurking in your home or child’s school

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the Unites States. It’s caused most frequently by smoking, but radon exposure is believed to be the second leading cause. Radon may be lurking in your own home or your child’s school without you even knowing.

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Students Invited to Make Radon Posters

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites Nevada students to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the Nevada Radon Poster Contest.

The contest is open to all children ages 9 to 14 years old enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools. Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H clubs.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the decay of uranium. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. This type of lung cancer risk is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test for it.

Radio Segment: Iowa City Girl Conducts Radon Project

Eleven year old Eleanor Mildenstein of Iowa City partnered with two other school mates to study the effects of radon. The project, which garnered the attention of state legislators and college president Sally Mason, placed second in the national Siemens We Can Save the World Challenge and won them a trip to Costa Rica.

Eleanor says when she grows up she wants to be a travel writer or a scientist. She recently worked with the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa studying lead in fish sinkers.

Hear this Iowa Public Radio segment.

Iowa City Girl Uses Summer to Study Radon Data

While many of her peers are using the summer for a relaxing break, an Iowa City girl is using her summer to study.

Eleanor Mildenstein, 11, has been collecting data to determine if home radon tests are as effective in summer as winter, lobbying legislators to allow the sale of electronic readers in Iowa, and speaking with builders and Realtors about the importance of radon mitigation systems.

“It was a lot of work at first, but in the end it was worth it,” Mildenstein said.

Iowa has the highest percentage of homes in the U.S. that are above Environmental Protection Agency recommended mitigation level, she said.

But it hasn’t been all sweat. Mildenstein, who will start seventh grade at South East Junior High this month, returned from a trip to Fortuna, Costa Rica, where she also discussed her radon project. The trip was a reward for her group placing second in the national Siemens We Can Save the World Challenge for their age range.

Engaging Middle School Students on Radon Awareness

Engaging Middle School Students on Radon Awareness

In recognition of National Radon Action Month, Becky Chenhall from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension presented radon information to all of the science classes at Oconee Middle School in Oconee County, GA.

Teaching 7th Graders the Science Behind Radon

Teaching 7th Graders the Science Behind Radon

To prepare students to participate in the National Radon Poster Contest, Robert McLellan of the Todd County Health Department in Kentucky taught 7th grade science students about radon – infusing awareness with the science class’s curriculum.

One hundred and twenty-five students at Todd County Middle School learned about the periodic table of elements, radioactive decay and the make-up of atoms. To teach them about how radon and other elements’ atoms are formed, Robert used a hands-on activity to show students how to “build” their own atom nuclei. Reese’s Puffs cereal was used to represent neutrons and protons – the peanut butter Puffs being protons and the chocolate being neutrons. For students with peanut allergies, Apple Jacks cereal was used as a replacement. The students then learned how to find the number of neutrons by subtracting the atomic number from the rounded atomic mass.

Suburban Chicago students win radon video contest