Experiments are used to Educate Teens about Air Pollution and Transportation

27 Aug

Last month Greater Mercer TMA spoke with Ocean County teens from Rutgers T.E.E.M Gateway. They learned all about air pollution in New Jersey and how transportation is a major source of this pollution.

Aly Dyson, GMTMA’s environmental education instructor, conducted experiments showing how each person’s daily life adds to air pollution and how individual choices can make a difference. The teens also  learned what an air quality action day is and how weather, specifically temperature inversions, can lead to the bad air quality days that have made New Jersey a nonattainment area for ozone, particulates and other pollutants.

Some of the comments the teens had about the program are:

“I like how you explained things through cool experiments. … The world may be a very polluted place, but if we all work together we can make a difference.” 

“The experiments you did with us were very informative too. The experiment …. to compare the different types of pollution showed me that I alone do have quite an impact on the environment, which I should take steps to reduce!”

The interactive lesson was both educational and fun for everyone involved!  If you would like Greater Mercer TMA to host a program at your school, club or event please contact Aly Dyson at adyson@gmtma.org.

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