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Activity 3a (Explore): Measuring Particulate Matter Using Technology

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Important Note About Activities 3a and 3b

There are two different methods students may use to measure particulate matter. Each is described below. You may choose to do one or both activities, although the content in the two activities is similar.

 

  • Activity 3a (high tech). Students use commercially available PM meters and android tablets to measure particulate matter pollution in and around the school in order to identify sources of PM and areas that may be unsafe due to air pollution. They gather and analyze data in order to support claims about how safe the air is around the school.

  • Activity 3b (low tech). Students use the engineering design process to design a low-tech particulate matter detector. They test out their models, and then deploy them into the field where they can gather PM that is deposited. Next, they gather and analyze the data from their detectors in order to support claims about how safe the air is around the school.

Activity Summary

Students use commercially available PM meters and android tablets to measure particulate matter pollution in and around the school in order to identify sources of PM and areas that may be unsafe due to air pollution. They gather and analyze data in order to support claims about how safe the air is around the school.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 2-3 class periods (90-180 minutes)

 

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to measure particulate matter using technology

  • Students will be able to use their measurements to draw and support conclusions about how healthy the air is near the school

 

Materials:

  • AirBeams (approx. 1:4 students) These may be purchased or borrowed in partnership with Clean Air Partners (see note below)

  • Android device with AirCasting app

  • Clipboards

  • Computer & projector

  • Student computers (optional)

 

Teacher Guides:

  • AirBeams & AirCasting: How does It Work?

  • Using the AirBeams

  • AirBeam Lesson Guide

Handouts:

  • Measuring PM in the Classroom

  • Measuring PM in the School Community

Borrowing AirBeams: Clean Air Partners has a class set of AirBeam PM monitors that can be used by students. Contact Clean Air Partners Education Manager Rebecca Davis (rnjidavis@gmail.com) to inquire about scheduling a visit from CAP staff.

Standards Connection

 

Before Starting This Activity

 

Warmup

 

1. Frame the Activity

2. AirBeam Activity Outline

Formative Assessment

 

For more information about On the Air 2020, contact:

Rebecca Davis, Education Manager

rnjidavis@gmail.com

For more information about Clean Air Partners, check out our website at:  www.cleanairpartners.net

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