In AQTreks, participants monitor air quality on the go. The Personal Air Monitor (PAM) and your smartphone transform your daily activities into data-gathering missions and investigative experiences. Find out how much carbon monoxide and particulates you’re exposed to near a busy road, or if high carbon dioxide levels in your classroom are making your students sleepy.
Explore mobile air quality investigations occurring across the country. The air pollution data collected by students and citizens during their Treks are housed here and are available to view and comment on. Indoor and outdoor air pollution levels from individual Treks are displayed on maps and graphs.
The PAM was developed under a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The PAM measures:
The PAM communicates with any smartphone or tablet in Bluetooth range and automatically uploads Trek data online via either a 3G connection or WiFi.
The AQTreks curriculum complements the educational aspect of the program by providing Moodle courses, lesson plans, and worksheets. The curriculum addresses information about air pollutants, their sources, their health effects, and how to plan and execute Treks to study pollution levels indoors and outdoors.