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Student Air Monitoring Project


Description: Students will research the characteristics, sources and impacts of particulate air pollution at a location in their neighborhood or community. They will use this information to develop and complete a data collection study of this local area and suggest actions (policies or practices) that can be taken to reduce or prevent particulate air pollution impacts there. Students will have the opportunity to borrow aethalometers for this study from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

As a result of participating in this project, students will:

  • Use scientific practices to ask questions and define problems;
  • Plan and carry out a scientific investigation;
  • Collect data using scientific technology that may be new to them;
  • Conduct an interactive, hands-on experiment in the field (versus classroom or lab); and
  • Increase their understanding of air pollution contributions, causes and solutions.

    Grade Level: 7-12
    Subject: Science
    Support for the NJ Education Standards: Click here
    Keywords: air pollution, soot, black carbon, particulates, emissions, air monitoring

    Department of Environmental Protection Logo For more information contact:
    Olga Boyko
    , Environmental Specialist
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    Air Quality Permitting Program
    Bureau of Technical Services
    Air Quality Evaluation Section

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