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Student Air Monitoring Project


Description: Students can use air samplers borrowed from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to study the characteristics, sources and impacts of particulate air pollution (also known as soot) in their community, specifically black carbon pollution. They can collect and analyze data, and suggest actions that can be taken to reduce or prevent particulate pollution impacts.

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;
  • Conduct an interactive, hands-on experiment in the field (versus classroom or lab); and
  • Increase their understanding of black carbon air pollution.

    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
    Division of Air Quality
    Bureau of Air Monitoring

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