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 There is an exciting Video Conference project going on across the State of Washington that prepares students in grades 6-12 to work on environmental health issues in their communities. Classes prepare projects and present their findings to leading experts in the fields of public and environmental health via Washington's statewide K20 videoconference network.

  This project was developed during the spring and summer of 1999 by two teachers, Nancy Sedlacek (Yelm Extension School) and Jay Young (Wenatchee High School), and with the support of Jon Sharpe , curriculum manager for the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health, at the University of Washington and Dianne Botta, a research scientist at the University of Washington. The project is called the Youth Network for Healthy Communities ( YNHC ) and is funded through outreach funds from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. YNHC takes full advantage of the K20 videoconference network to allow students in Washington Middle and High School to share their research with their peers and with environmental health experts at the University of Washington.

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