Students, air pollution and DIY sensing

Students, air pollution and DIY sensing

Norway is the land of fjords, trolls and – electric cars. By actively promoting the purchase of electric cars, the Norwegian government is aiming at protecting the environment and not least improving air quality, especially in urban areas. Air quality is still a reason for concern in many European countries, including the Nordic countries. Not many people are aware of this fact, and this is where the Norwegian pilot of the ACTION project comes in.
The pilot gives high school students in Oslo, and the larger Oslo area, the opportunity to design and carry out their own air quality project, using an off-the-shelf air quality sensor platform. The aim is to create awareness about the sources of air pollution and make the students think of ways to reduce both emission and exposure. We use the Nova SDS011 sensor for measuring PM2.5 and PM10 that is transmitting data to an Arduino board. The data can be obtained through an SD card.
The Norwegian pilot is coordinated by the NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research. First, we offer a workshop for teachers where they get information about air quality and air pollution sources, measurements and (health) effects. They also get the opportunity to build a sensor themselves and learn how to program it. The teachers are now equipped to teach what they have learned to the students. They can also ask for support from NILU scientists.
This activity is a great example for interdisciplinary learning. First, the students are learning about air quality/air pollution and its effects on society (social studies), then they have to build their sensor packages (technology) and program them (computer science), carry out own measurements and interpret the results (science). At the end, all students are invited to join a student conference where they present their work on a scientific poster.
These activities have been carried out between January and April 2019. We are planning to repeat them in 2020.

Contact: Sonja Grossberndt, NILU

Students, air pollution and DIY sensing

Norway is the land of fjords, trolls and – electric cars. By actively promoting the purchase of electric cars, the Norwegian government is aiming at protecting the environment and not least improving air quality, especially in urban areas. Air quality is still a reason for concern in many European countries, including the Nordic countries. Not many people are aware of this fact, and this is where the Norwegian pilot of the ACTION project comes in.
The pilot gives high school students in Oslo, and the larger Oslo area, the opportunity to design and carry out their own air quality project, using an off-the-shelf air quality sensor platform. The aim is to create awareness about the sources of air pollution and make the students think of ways to reduce both emission and exposure. We use the Nova SDS011 sensor for measuring PM2.5 and PM10 that is transmitting data to an Arduino board. The data can be obtained through an SD card.
The Norwegian pilot is coordinated by the NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research. First, we offer a workshop for teachers where they get information about air quality and air pollution sources, measurements and (health) effects. They also get the opportunity to build a sensor themselves and learn how to program it. The teachers are now equipped to teach what they have learned to the students. They can also ask for support from NILU scientists.
This activity is a great example for interdisciplinary learning. First, the students are learning about air quality/air pollution and its effects on society (social studies), then they have to build their sensor packages (technology) and program them (computer science), carry out own measurements and interpret the results (science). At the end, all students are invited to join a student conference where they present their work on a scientific poster.
These activities have been carried out between January and April 2019. We are planning to repeat them in 2020.

Contact: Sonja Grossberndt, NILU

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