Introducing a program where schools use portable instruments to measure Air Quality, view real-time data on their smartphones, upload it to the cloud, and do an analysis in the classroom.


Get Curious
Fire It Up
Get Moving
Apply Thinking Caps
Left Quote
Right Quote

Go Mobile

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 AQTreks Data

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.

Personal Air Monitor (PAM)

The PAM was developed under a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The PAM measures:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Particulate Matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10)
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Pressure

The PAM communicates with any smartphone or tablet in Bluetooth range and automatically uploads Trek data online via either a 3G connection or WiFi.

AQTreks Curriculum

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.