The Sensor Station project is dedicated to acquiring environmental data for climate
and air quality awareness. To accomplish that, it aims at the DIY-education of high
school students for measuring, analyzing and interpreting environmental data in
whole Kosovo. Also, it aims at raising the students’ awareness and introducing them
to the existing citizen science community of FLOSSK.
We will involve students and mentoring teachers from 7 schools to build sensor stations for measuring environmental data about weather and air quality. This component will teach team building, project management and working with electronics. This work will be done at Prishtina Hackerspace, a space dedicated to experimenting with technology.
The resulting stations will be placed at participating schools involving students about
site location choices and how pollution around schools will affect the readings. The
stations built will produce relatively good quality open data that will be fed into open
data platforms online to be used in the second component of the project and by the
general public for information and further study.
We will use citizen science and the students from the 7 schools involved to raise
awareness about the trends in their community, specific sources of pollution, weather
patterns as well as making them more aware of the effects on the environment
and the impact of pollution. This component will teach the youth involved to learn about
data derive trends and techniques for analysis and correlation with other factors
and using the data to effectively tell stories that can be used for policy lobbying.