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Rocky Run Middle School Students Welcome Noisy Planet
In January, a group of 7th grade students from Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, Virginia, contacted the Noisy Planet team through their advisor, Felipe Gutierrez, to ask for materials about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The students are members of a team, the CyberRams, that participated in this year’s eCybermission competition, a nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative. They created a computer program called Decibel mApp, which provides the user with a map showing decibel levels experienced at different locations during the day. The CyberRams won first place in the 7th grade category in Virginia, and hope to turn Decibel mApp into a free app for smartphones and other digital devices.
The group also hung Noisy Planet posters on the school walls and distributed bookmarks and Noisy Planet publications to classmates to increase their awareness of NIHL. In addition, they surveyed the students to find out how savvy they were about protecting their hearing. Of the 250 students queried, 26 percent said they didn’t wear hearing protectors because they thought they didn’t need them, and 21 percent said they didn’t have protectors to wear even if they did think they needed them. Ten percent of the students had no idea where to buy hearing protectors. The Noisy Planet team will be visiting the school in person soon to spread the word about NIHL and what you can do to prevent it.
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