Air Pi's for all schools: Raspberry Pi powered Air Quality Monitors
Bristol Air Pi Project
I want Air Pi’s in every school in Bristol
Starting with the 21 secondary schools
Rolling out to all schools and other Bristol City Council buildings in 2015.
Background on the Air Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard.
They cost only £25
Raspberry Pi want to see them being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
And its perfect for electronic projects like the Air Pi
The AirPi is a Raspberry Pi shield kit, capable of recording and uploading information about temperature, humidity, air pressure, light levels, UV levels, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and smoke levels.
The code then takes this information and uploads it to a database and the data is then aggregated on a website for everyone to see.
With it’s low cost the AirPi can be very cheap - you can build a basic station for less than £50.
It’s an open source project.
It was developed by three teenagers from the UK (I think it’s really rather cool) http://airpi.es/
How are we going to do this?
Partnerships with local groups and social enterprises can help implement Bristol Air Pi Project.
A nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11
Bristol Hackspace is a social enterprise which aims to open up technology to anybody who takes an interest in it.
Bristol and Bath Science Park Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Bristol Robotics Laboratory (Bristol Uni. & UWE)
How are we going fund this?
Let’s crowdfund it with
Bristol's technology companies
Bristol's green companies
Getting schools buy in- Governors, Parents and Headteachers.
Air Pi Casing - The Air Pi doesn’t currently have a waterproof casing for outdoor use but this can be solved easily with a competition asking hackers and makers of Bristol to design a waterproof casing for the Air Pi which would be fantastic publicity.
Keeping young people and schools interested in the Bristol Air Pi project.
Using the Air Pi for prolonged periods - it’s a through hole component kit, so if one part fails (for example, a capacitor or IC) you can just replace it.
Let’s Hack City Hall
Making the AirPi’s
We can have a weekend of young people and volunteers coming to City Hall and hacking Air Pi’s, ready to deploy back into their schools.
NOTE: Hacking isn't always bad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_(hobbyist)
Why the contribution is important
Poor air quality is a major factor in Bristol, with an AirPi we’ll be able to see in real-time the issues affecting us.
Bristol is European Green Capital in 2015, let’s show the World how innovative Bristol can be.
Big changes to the National curriculum in England and Wales in 2014 include the addition of computing from the age of 5. It’s the right project to bring Science, Geography, IT classes and Bristol’s Healthy Schools programme together.
By investing in young people we’ll give them the skills to become tech makers and creators rather than consumers.
I believe young people are the ones who can inform the wider population of the harm that is being done to our City we can give them the tools and voice to do that..
Using the Data for Good
What can we do with the AirPi readings and data?
Young people could use the data they've collected with Air Pi to push the agenda on a green Bristol (websites or in local radios where they'd share the info and advise people how to solve the problem of air pollution).
Real-time information could be displayed on the big screen by @Bristol
We could use the information gathered to push for the creation of new local regulations about personal transportation
Lets have “Smog alerts!” events or experiments
During which young people block or close down a part of the city and not allow cars to enter that area and then share the results of the "boycott" in real time, so people can see how pollution drops, and how much effect it had.
In Budapest when they have ‘smog alerts’ when pollution is over a specific % on odd days - 1st, 3rd, 5th of the month and so on - only cars with their licence plates ending with odd numbers are allowed to use the roads in the city.
Also they considered that during smog alerts, public transportation should be free. Everyone has a mobile phone young and old, parents and children how about you sign up to a website enter your number when pollution hits a certain % in the city text message alert go out and young people travel for free when they show them to a bus driver. (Text alerts can be done with http://www.twilio.com/ which was used by Playable City’s - Hello Lamppost)
Involve and crowdsource other ideas from the citizens of Bristol much like George's Ideas lab.
by user612101 on December 11, 2013 at 09:14PM