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Dust Catchers

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Let’s Get Started: Make the Dust Catcher

Students will make dust catchers to collect particles from the air at home or in the classroom. They will discover that even apparently clean air may contain dust and other pollutants. They also will learn that dust consists of individual particles of different substances, such as cigarette smoke, animal dander (flakes of skin), mold spores and dust mites.  

1. Divide the class into groups of 4 students. Each student will construct his/her own dust catcher.

2. Have the Materials Manager from each group collect the necessary materials.

3. Guide students as they construct their dust catchers, following the instructions on the student sheet.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education