Healthy Air, Healthy Children @ Unitec 2019

Showcase how Unitec teaches high school students using technology to help raise environmental concerns at their school.

What's it all about?

With the growing number of people living in the city, many schools are located near major roads, shops and industrial sites and therefore subsequent effect on indoor air quality may be significant. Air and noise quality can fluctuate rapidly throughout the day, for example, pollution caused by traffic can spike during the rush hour. Real-time monitoring systems can help individuals, parents, schools and communities improve awareness of how indoor air quality issues may affect them and thus help them adjust to minimize exposure.

In this workshop, you will learn how to assemble and programme a set of electronic sensors to monitor air and sound pollution in your learning environment. The data gathered by the equipment will then be uploaded to the Cloud and so that it can be viewed by everyone. The generation of a pollution map will enable everyone to monitor the air and noise quality around the school in much the same way as we can now monitor traffic jams in our smartphones.

Finally, an understanding of harmful levels of certain types of pollution will be provided so that students can return to school with both the equipment (in the form of small monitoring stations) and the knowledge to make a positive impact on their learning and home environments.

This event is targeted at high school students. There are limited seats for this event, please RSVP.

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183-2104, Building 183, Unitec Farm Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

Thursday 23 May
11:30am - 3:30pm

Free event
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Dr Guillermo Ramirez-Prado

Senior Lecturer

2019 tech-week air quality workshop focus on facilitating year 12 students with computing and electronic tools to monitor pollution signals with the aim to create awareness on maintaining a healthy environment around us. They will use the Internet of Things paradigm to set-up and use a personal air-quality box to remotely monitor its signals. Attendees will have a hands-on experience with using and coding a single-board computer to sense environment signals and publish them to the Cloud.

Dr Guillermo is a Computer Scientist. He is a Control Engineer and has been a researcher on Hybrid Control Systems and Model Predictive Control (MPC) areas. He has also worked on the Internet of Things space on topics including Cloud Computing, Wireless Network Systems, Edge Computing and Embedded Systems. He has a sound knowledge in digital sensors and real time signal processing. He has previously designed a personal air quality monitoring system used on tech-week 2018 "Healthy air, healthy children" event. He is innovator and a creative problem-solver.

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Dr Terri-Ann Berry

Senior Lecturer: School of Engineering and Applied Technology

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Dila Beisembayeva

Lead - Centre for Digital Innovation and Skills

Dila has a real passion for the computing workshop, which she has been running in the Department of Computing for a couple of years as well as when she was living in Canada for six months. She thinks robotics is the perfect way for children to get their confidence with programming.

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Ms Shannon Wallis


Mr Joshua Thompson-Brown

Mr German Hernandez

Ms Natasha Bettridge

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