The Community Air Pollution Sensors (CAPS) Project provides a unique opportunity for school pupils to play an active role in measuring air quality and engaging with the results.
The Camden Clean Air Initiative has partnered with PPL PWR, a collective whose aim is to promote sustainable technologies and innovations, to create small, lightweight, portable, and low-cost air quality sensors. The CAPS Project was created to introduce these sensors into schools and allow pupils to play an active part in tracking their local air quality, as well as incorporate the findings into their education.
Thanks to Google, we have acquired funding to run a pilot project with two secondary schools in Camden. These schools will be taught about air pollution, and then provided with the components and workshops to build their own portable air quality sensors. The students will then be taught basic coding to access this data, and then encouraged to go out and monitor the air quality. The sensors will then belong to the schools for them to continue with their air quality journey and make other changes such as establishing clean air walking routes, introducing greening interventions, or campaigning to the local council and businesses.
The workshops will commence in January 2022 at Regent High School and UCS Senior. Together with PPL PWR, we will deliver three 2-hour workshops over the space of a few weeks. We hope to demonstrate the success of this pilot and then apply for more funding to scale up and work with more schools around the Borough of Camden.
We are building a waiting list of schools interested in getting involved if we can acquire more funding. Want to be added? Get in touch here.
Are you a business that wants to support this project? With more funding, we will be able to scale up and reach more schools, so if you would like to support please get in touch here.