AirGradient came into existence by two concerned parents wanting to help their school manage the air quality better and more efficiently.
As a result, AirGradient was build up from the start with the founders’ school as a pilot in order to ensure that the real pain points of the school in regards to air quality management were addressed and solved.
However, we did not stop there.
We also want to use our expertise in air quality to increase the awareness of the importance of healthy air among our community and especially for students.
Many students in heavily polluted areas are directly impacted by bad air, e.g. having outside activities canceled, needing to wear masks, not seeing the blue sky anymore, etc.
So unlike the more general climate change effects like rising sea levels or increased atmospheric CO2 levels, regional air pollution is very tangible for the students and impacts them directly right here, right now.
It is a great opportunity to get students active by increasing awareness of air pollution in their communities as well as actively doing projects to improve the air quality in classrooms.
During the last academic year, we helped our school run a number of educational activities, e.g.
- Build robust PM2.5 sensors together with students at the school to allow them to measure the air quality in their classrooms and outside
- Co-organized a two-day children camp with local high school students impacted by high air pollution together with firefighters, medical experts, etc.
- Student project to build low-cost air purifiers for their classrooms by assembling wooden boxes with HEPA filters and fans
- Setting up of a city-wide network of teachers and students actively engaged in creating awareness and working on ways to improve the local air quality
On the base of many of these activities lays data. Data about local air quality (no matter if inside classrooms or outside). So one of the first things we will focus on is how you can build your own robust and well-working air quality sensors and how to use it with your students to do interesting measurements and experiments.