Kids Making Sense: Empowering Students to Clear the Air and Improve Public Health

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Coal power plant, Kentucky

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Sonoma Technology Inc., HabitatMap


Air pollution in many parts of the world is harming millions of people, shortening lives, and taking a toll on our ecosystem. Cities in India, China, and even the US frequently exceed air quality standards, and soaring pollution levels put people at risk. To complicate matters, regulatory monitoring sites are sparsely distributed and cannot adequately measure pollution levels throughout the world. Yet learning about local pollution levels can be a powerful driver for change. Developed by Sonoma Technology Inc. and HabitatMap, Kids Making Sense unites STEM education with a complete, open source measurement and education system that empowers youth to drive positive change in their communities. Initial funding for Kids Making Sense was provided by the Knight Prototype Fund. Kids Making Sense aims to: deliver an interactive, thorough set of lessons and activities; train teachers at US and international schools; engage students to build air quality sensors; deploy sensors in students' local communities; interpret and share collected data; identify causes of local air pollution; and lead civic action to protect public health.

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