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AQTreks (AirQualityTreks)

Main Project Information
Presented By 2B Technologies, Inc.
Goal Monitor air pollution levels and map air pollution around the US
Task Collect & analyze air pollution data using Personal Air Monitor
Where United States of America

AQTreks (AirQualityTreks) is a mobile air pollution monitoring program for students, organizations, scout troops, and citizen scientists. In AQTreks, with the assistance of their teachers, students hypothesize where air pollution levels may be high or low and use a Personal Air Monitor (PAM) on Treks of their own design. Air pollutants are measured and data are viewed on their smartphones. The data are automatically uploaded from the phone via WiFi or 3G and shared online for analysis, discussion, and comparison with other schools' Trek data.

Data can be viewed on both a 3-D map and on individual air pollutant graphs. AQTreks also provides a full, online curriculum with information about each pollutant and ideas for interesting Treks. By participating in AQTreks, students gain a powerful voice in the air pollution discussion.

The PAM measures the following air pollutants:
-Carbon Monoxide (CO)
-Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
-Particulate Matter 1, 2.5, and 10 (PM)
-Temperature, Pressure, Humidity

Examples of things students can study:
-Particulate levels behind vs. in front of a tree barrier
-Carbon monoxide and particulate levels during drop off and pickup
-Carbon dioxide levels inside classrooms

How to Join

Please email if you are interested in participating. A three-week rental costs $330 (shipping included) and includes the Personal Air Monitor, charger, program materials, technical assistance, and data storage.

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Participation Fee what $330
Android App URL
Special Skills An interest in learning about air pollution through hands-on monitoring and data analysis.
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Every few days
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, In the car, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums, On a lunch break
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags air, air pollution, air pollution monitoring, air quality, air quality index, android, app, autumn, bicycling, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, citizen science, climate, climate change, climate monitoring, community-based monitoring, data, database, environment, environmental justice, equity, experiment, girl scouts, global warming, hiking, investigation, iphone, mobile application, nature, outdoors, particulate matter, science, smartphone application, spring, stem, summer, usa, weather, weather data, winter
Project Updated 08/10/2018