EduStation

EduStation aims to increase the use of measurement and monitoring in geography education from primary, through secondary, sixth form and university by reducing the challenges to build, deploy and use low cost sensing techniques based on Arduino and Internet of Things technology. This will also help to develop research-ready, high density and long-term environmental monitoring networks based in schools.  Such networks are critical to better understand our changing environment whilst, at the same time, enabling valuable information technology and environmental training for the next generation of environmental scientists.  It works like this:
  • The school or university builds the monitoring station(s) using our low-cost, open source DIY-build designs, in Computing and Technology classes
  • The stations are used for in class demonstration and to support field-trips, fieldwork and independent investigations (coursework and dissertation) by providing additional data collection capacity and training in environmental monitoring
  • The school or university  installs and maintains some of the station(s) on a flat roof or other suitable space within the grounds to collect data on weather, climate, air quality and anything else of relevance to the site.  The station writes data  to freestation.org where it is accessible to all alongside a suite of online tools for in class demonstration and analysis.
  • Our EduStation classroom demo unit  is the cheapest and easiest build for  classroom teaching
  • Our FreeStation fieldwork project ideas document  provides ideas for how FreeStations can be built and deployed to answer >100 research questions for dissertations, field course projects, fieldwork investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs)
  • In Geography and Environmental Science classes, the school uses the data from their station(s), in combination with data from other EduStations around the world
  • A station in even 1% of schools would be an unparalleled  network of environmental monitors.  This would help to counteract the global decline in ground based monitoring networks that is occurring at exactly the time we need them the most.  Such a network would also cover the (largely urban) areas that host the majority of the world's human population and thus monitor the conditions in which the majority of us live in a way they are just not monitored currently
  • With successive classes maintaining and rebuilding the monitors over time this network can also be one with longevity beyond an individual project

The global distribution of schools according to Open Street Map (OSM)