ToxRAP stands for Toxicology Risk Assessment and Air Pollution. This curriculum was developed by the Resource Center at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) in New Jersey (an institute jointly sponsored by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and Rutgers University). It is an innovative new curriculum which introduces students in grades K-9 to the principles of toxicology and the process of risk assessment.
Students become health hazard detectives to cooperatively investigate environmental health hazards and their impact on human health. Learning activities foster critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills. They learn to gather information, form a hypothesis,conduct experiments, make observations, collect and analyze data and draw conclusions based on scientific evidence. Through this process, students are introduced to many careers in the health sciences. Using air pollution as an example, ToxRAP teaches students to recognize the hazards of air contaminants in the environment, to evaluate the potential health risks of these contaminants and, when necessary, control hazards to reduce risks. Students are then able to transfer the risk assessment framework to other potential health risks in their environment. ToxRAP is defaulted to the National Science Education Standards.
ToxRAP 3-6 is defaulted to Oregon's Content Standards and Benchmarks for grades 3, 5, and 8. The ToxRAP Education Program, which encompasses materials and outreach associated with the ToxRAP curriculum series, has been awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award. The USEPA recognizes organizations for their commitment to protecting children from environmental health hazards with this award.