Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) has designed and implemented a stand-alone tool to supplement air quality education efforts. With a growing emphasis on citizen science, these air quality educational kiosks provide residents and visitors information about air quality in their neighborhoods. At the heart of the kiosk initiative is a small, localized air quality monitoring device that displays nearby air quality data in a user friendly, interesting, and relevant format.
Currently, there are two fixed kiosks and one mobile kiosk which is being used at school science events, at science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) events, within the classroom setting, and at other outreach events. Each of the fixed locations and the mobile kiosk is accompanied by an air quality sensor that provides real-time air quality data on one of the display screens.
What Will I Learn?
Like smoking or poor dietary habits, polluted air poses a threat to our bodies in many ways. Using five interactive and engaging lessons, MCAQD’s kiosk will teach you about the valley’s biggest pollutants and how you can help make the air cleaner for everyone.
The Arizona Science Center provides exploration, education, and entertainment for all ages. The center contains four levels of exciting “hands-on” exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a five story high giant screen theater. The exhibits and galleries are designed to educate and entertain kids of all ages!
The Phoenix Zoo is the only zoo in the Valley accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a non-profit zoological park, serving nearly 1.4 million guests annually. Home to more than 3,000 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened species, the Zoo is also committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation in the region and across the globe.
Would you like us to visit your school, classroom, or attend a STEM event? Contact us about our air quality mobile kiosk. We can set up a booth and the mobile kiosk and portable air monitoring device to enhance any science, earth sciences, or STEM-related event!