University of Vermont

Researcher on Microplastics to Speak at Free Teen Science Café

Burlington--The third in a series of science cafés planned for teens by teens will take place April 28 in Burlington.  The topic is Fibers, Fragments, Films and Foams: Beyond the Bead—Microplastics in Lake Champlain.

The event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) 4-H, is free and open to all Grade 7-12 students. It will be held at the Dudley Davis Center at UVM from 5-7 p.m. and includes free pizza and drinks.

Participants will explore microplastics and their impact on the environment and health with the help of Dr. Danielle Garneau, a wildlife ecology associate professor at the State University of New York Plattsburgh. She will talk about her research involving microplastics in the lake, including wastewater treatment plants as the point source and trophic transfer in organisms.

Teens will take a closer look at microplastics and the tools scientists use for this type of research at several hands-on experiment stations. They also will have an opportunity to use a dissecting microscope.

Registration is required by April 25 at  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972 or toll-free at (866) 260-5603 by April 15.

A teen leadership team organizes and facilitates these teen science cafés, designed to connect young people with researchers and other experts to learn about science, engineering and technology topics.

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