PPE:Pollution in the classroom

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Earth Atmospheric and Env Sciences


This proposal is in response to the EPSRC Partnerships for Public Engagement Tenth call. The purpose of our pilot project is to develop novel, state of the art teaching aids based on sensor technologies. The aim of the pilot project is the development of a reliable, low cost, fast response lightweight ozone detector for pollution monitoring. The cost effectiveness of the Quartz Crystal Microbalance technique provides the opportunity for deployment of multiple calibrated ozone sensors within the classroom.The project will study students' personal exposure to ozone to allow students the opportunity to work alongside researchers and gain an insight into the way scientists work. This project will give students the opportunity to be involved in the collection, recording and analysis of a large, live and relevant set of data using current technology which they would not otherwise have access to. The project will deliver an effective, inspiring and thought provoking set of lessons to year 10 students, furthering their knowledge of science in society.


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Description The main aim of this pilot project was to develop a novel teaching resource that could inspire a new generation of scientists. The project was multidisciplinary, bringing together expertise in areas of atmospheric science, epidemiology and teaching. Both during the project planning and the project itself, input from the science department at Copley was intrinsic and essential. The direct involvement of the teachers at Copley High school ensured that the project outcomes directly fitted in with the new 21st century science curriculum. The input from Copley High School ensured that a challenging program, that stretched all students, regardless of their ability and increased the students' scientific literacy was delivered.

Furthermore, Professor Shallcross, who is Outreach Director for the School of Chemistry at Bristol, acted as consultant for the project. His vast experience disseminating research information to the public and in particular schools was utilised to ensure a successful outcome.
Exploitation Route systems put in place to effectively collaborate with SCHOOLS
Sectors Education

Description no as this was a pilot project. However, we have used this approach to successfully engage with more schools and now have links with the Primary science teaching trust
First Year Of Impact 2004
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal