What is the name of your organization?SAMHE
What best describes the type of organisation that you are representing?University and/or research institute
Where are you based?Imperial College, London, SW7 2BX, GB
What is the name of your initiative?Schools Air Quality Monitoring for Health and Education
How would you describe the main mission of your initiative?Measure/monitor air quality, Raise awareness/education, Air quality modelling
Please provide a short description of your initiative (What is being done? Who is participating? What are your main goals?) This text will appear on the main page.SAMHE brings together pupils, teachers, scientists from 6 institutions across the UK and is supported by the UK Governments’ Department for Education. SAMHE will establish a network of air quality monitors in schools across the UK, creating an unparalleled dataset which will help researchers better understand schools’ indoor air quality and provide evidence for better national policies and practice. This will enable pupils to interact with real world data about their environment and gives them agency to take informed action.
Who is your main audience?Schools
If possible, provide the list of partners involved in the initiative.Department for Education, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of York (through the Stockholm Environment Institute’s York centre), University of Surrey, University of Leeds, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Centre for Applied Education Research, and Camden Clean Air Initiative.
How is this initiative funded?Fully funded European project
Please provide an estimation of the total budget of the initiative (in €):I don’t know
What is the duration of the initiative?1 to 5 years
How many participants (citizen scientists, volunteers, etc.) have been involved (approximately)?100 – 500
Website that presents your initiativehttps://samhe.org.uk
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Are you using a platform for data visualisation?Yes, we have created our own data platform
From 0 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest), how easily accessible and user-friendly is your platform?5
Would you like to share with us any additional information? (Max 300 words)Teachers and pupils will be able to access their data through a specially designed interactive Web App, seeing how air quality changes over the course of hours, days or weeks and months. The Web App will also offer a range of related activities and experiments, creating opportunities for pupils to be scientists and do hands-on experiments with their monitor. We are working with schools at every stage of the project to ensure that it meets schools’ needs and is fun and engaging for pupils. About twenty schools helped design the project logo and the initial version of the Web App. Another hundred schools have already received SAMHE air quality monitors and access to the beta version of the SAMHE Web App. They are helping test the Web App and the activities on it, and giving suggestions for improvements and additional activities. Our developers are busy incorporating these into the App, ready for the full launch of SAMHE in early 2023.