Teaching people about everyday habits that can help the environment comes naturally to Scarlett D’Aprile, a Bridgewater-Raritan High School student and Girl Scout. After learning how idling cars impact air quality, the environment, and public health, Scarlett tackled the issue through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, the highest award available in Girl Scouts. RideWise had the wonderful opportunity to partner with Scarlett on her project, where she created several activities and lesson plans for students of all ages, focusing on anti-idling and the effect of gas-powered vehicles on air quality.
The inspiration for Scarlett’s project came after RideWise led an anti-idling workshop with her Girl Scout troop in 2020. Scarlett and her troop measured the air quality in Duke Island Park using an air quality monitor, noting how exhaust from passing
and idling vehicles affected the air. After learning how idling vehicles can cause breathing problems and contribute to climate change, Scarlett decided to pursue a project that would focus on air quality.
“Car pollution affects the air quality in our local community and contributes to the global environment,” said Scarlett. “Educating people about the causes and effects of car pollution on our air quality will help them make better car-use decisions.”
For her project, Scarlett created anti-idling lesson plans and activities for all ages, including hands-on experiments, games, and coloring books. Lessons were developed for high schoolers in driver’s education and for grades 1-4.
The lessons and activities are available for teachers, scout troops, and other organizations within Somerset County or worldwide. To use these lessons/activities, visit our website.
To work with RideWise on a badge or activity with your Girl Scout/Boy Scout troop, email email@example.com.