Chemistry Lesson: Making an Impact on Habitat

Industrialization has changed our lives for the better in countless ways, but it has done our planet no favors. Manufacturing has taken a toll on our planet’s environmental health. The byproducts of production may be especially harmful to plant and animal life if they are released directly into the environment. Engineers are challenged to create ways to allow for the manufacture of useful products while maintaining, or improving, the health of the environment. Students experience one way engineers are preserving environmental health when they are tasked with creating a way to neutralize the acidic byproduct of a new factory.


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