Low cost air quality monitors for teaching

I have adopted the Arduino platform to introduce students to environmental measurements and monitoring. For the Integrated Science seminar students built a low cost PM2.5 monitor (a Plantower PMS5003) with data written to an SD card all connected to an Arduino board fitted with a development shield.

Arduino microcontroller board to receive and write PM2.5 data in a student-built device

Following their chosen hands-on project (e.g., monitoring indoor or outdoor air quality in their immediate environment, students could then explore data structure and basic strategies of plotting and data analysis as an introduction to the scientific process.

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Atmospheric chemistry researcher and university teacher. Data analysis/chemometrics specialist (PCA, PCR, Cluster analysis, SOM)

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