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601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657

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Science Behind Radon

Posted by Walking Mountains on Jan 12, 2016 11:02:40 AM
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The Science Behind RadonHave you ever wondered how something works or how something was made? In the monthly Science Behind series, we partner with a guest presenter to explore a large variety of interesting topics. The Science Behind series offers opportunities for adults to apply new knowledge and skills to everyday life, while having fun! 

** This Science Behind event took place in January, 2016 **


The Science Behind Radon & Dangers to Human Health

Honor you and your family’s health for Radon Awareness Month by becoming educated about where radon comes from and its danger to human health. This month’s Science Behind program at Walking Mountains Science Center will be presented by Peg Roding, instructor of the 3R’s (Radiation, Radioactivity & Radon) curriculum class supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste, but could be a problem in your home. According to the U.S. EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in seven states had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA's recommended action level for radon exposure. That is 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that home were next to the fence of a radioactive waste site! Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and causes hundreds of deaths in Colorado each year.

Upcoming Science Behind Schedule

In addition to being an important topic, participants will also learn from the disciplines of multiple sciences. Physical science will explain what radioactivity is, earth science will explain where radon comes from, and biological science will explain how radon gas affects our health. Peg Roding, also a former high school Physics teacher, will engage us with exciting science demonstrations. We will also use Geiger counters and other materials to learn the concepts of radioactivity.

Participants will also receive free and easy-to-use radon test kits for their homes. January is a great month to test homes for radon because windows and doors are typically closed. In most cases, radon can be easily mitigated, and the Energy Smart Resource Center at Walking Mountains Science Center can point you in the right direction!

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center
When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 6:30-8:00PM
Cost: FREE (registration required), $5 donation suggested. 

Topics: The Science Behind Series

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