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        Engineering a Detector for Airborne Contaminants

        Find out about an unusual partnership between a doctor and a geologist who helped veterans with respiratory side-effects from dangerous waste disposal practices in Iraq in this video from SciTech Now. Dr. Szema struggled to prove particles from burn pits caused long term damage to veterans until geologist Timothy Glotch mentioned he has a laser that can identify particle origin. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design an air filter to remove harmful airborne particles.

        Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips. For more resources from Teaching Engineering in New York, check out the collection page.

        To learn more about new technologies and scientific discoveries that will impact our lives and drive our future, visit the SciTech Now website.


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