How 5th Graders Are Learning To Monitor Their Air Quality
Want to make an impact on your students and the world at the same time? Thanks to the Internet, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in powerful “citizen science” projects, and the teachers and students at The Option Program at the Seward School (TOPS) are jumping right in.
TOPS is a is a public K-8 magnet school in Seattle that emphasizes social justice. The fifth grade class here is taking a hands-on approach to monitoring the school’s air quality with the Safecast Air Quality Monitoring Station, a DIY electronics kit for assembling a monitoring system. The final product records GPS-tagged particulate levels, and automatically shares the data with the Safecast citizen science initiative over WIFI.