Written by Maria Li
We worked with the students from German Swiss International School to create an air quality monitoring system in their school. Over the 5 day Maker Week in our workshop, students learned about
The process of invention
Open source electronics
Coding (include API, JSON, HTML, Arduino)
Rapid Prototyping (such as 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting)
First, let's see the outcomes: 5 creative inventions for air quality monitoring and data visualization! Only in one week! By students with almost no prior experience. Well done young ladies and gents.
1. Air Quality Traffic Light (Team: Homeland Hurricane)
To visualize the air quality level (PM2.5 level), the team worked on building a traffic light that will be put at the school gate. Their aim is to inform both parents and schools about the air quality, so that people can make an informed decision on whether it is healthy to stay outdoor or need to cancel outdoor activities.
2. Air Sensing Plant (Team: Plant Equality)
3. Air Drone
To measure air quality at different attitude. Students faced challenges such as making the drone to carry the sensor on the drone, which is not as easy as they thought. They learn to be creative on the weight distribution!
- Drone that measures PM 2.5 levels
- Colour Changes (real time readings)
- 3D mapping of air quality(every 5㎥)
- Fly around different places measuring air quality
4. DIY Air Purifier
5. Air Sensing Blob Car
The team want to add some playful element to the dry topic on air quality. Thus, they worked on hacking a RC car to display and can move around school campus, so as to map out the air quality in school as well as catching students interest. This is their prototype v.1, they wish to make the car automated in their next prototype.
Day 1: Mapping air quality manually
- Learn about citizen science
- How to measure air quality
- Assembly smart citizen kit and go around MakerBay to collect air quality data
- Make a heatmap of air quality
Day 2: Ideation & Planning
- Brainstorm ideas
- Dot voting
- Form teams
- Make a plan, draw out roadmap
- Learn about API
Day 3 - 4: Building
- Learn to make an Android app to query air quality data from smart citizen API
- Work on prototype 1
- Fail...learn from failure
Day 5: Final testing & Presentation
Students shared their learning throughout this week and their project to parents.
Well done team! Go go Maker! Go go citizen science!
Students also shared about their takeaways from the Maker Week in their presentations, Have a look!