Our Air - Monitoring of air quality by school students in Curitiba/Brazil

Project

Our Air - Monitoring of air quality by school students in Curitiba/Brazil

The aim of the project is to stimulate the critical reflection of students and rising awareness on the current urban climate, its causes and consequences, and be inspired to positively influence these process within its community.

Ons Klimaat (‘Our Climate’) program teaches children that the temperature is not the same wherever you go, and that we can take measures to improve our living climate when designing districts. They record the temperature in various locations around the school using their own smartphone. This shows them that temperatures can differ; that it is warmer in the sun than in the shade, that sheltered spots are warmer than spots close to water, etc. They then learn that this also applies on a larger scale: it is warmer in the centre of town than in a leafy suburban area, and urban areas are warmer than the countryside. Furthermore, they learn some very basic research skills, such as devising a research plan. After a successful pilot project in Ede, the Netherlands, the project will be applied in Brazilian schools.

Goals

The aim of the project is to stimulate the critical reflection of students and rising awareness on the current urban climate, its causes and consequences, and be inspired to positively influence these process within its community. The ultimate goal of UNILIVRE is, by distributing the programme, it will improve the awareness about effects of the current urban climate and stimulate local/bottom up initiatives contributing to an more sustainable living environment. Second, UNILIVRE hopes to gather through the students sufficient high resolution information, mapping the seriousness of the problem, to create political support for more top down measures.

Expected Results

The result of the project is an educational course material, developed for a pilot on two high schools in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. Part of the course is gathering information about the urban climate by individual students though the use of sensors attached to their SMART phone.

Apart from the course material, this project develops and App allowing the students to gather their data, and an online web application showing spatially and real-time the measurements. (for an impression of an web-application developed by Alterra for a Dutch course on urban temperature, see www.onsklimaat.nl/dashboard).