About the Kiosk
MCAQD has designed and implemented a stand-alone tool to supplement air quality education efforts. With a growing emphasis on citizen science, these air quality educational kiosks provide residents and visitors information not previously available about air quality in their neighborhoods. At the heart of the kiosk initiative is a small, localized air quality monitoring device that displays nearby air quality data in a friendly and relevant format.
Currently, there are two fixed kiosks and one mobile kiosk which is being used at school STEM events, within the classroom setting and other outreach events. Each of the fixed locations and the mobile kiosk is accompanied by an air quality sensor that provides real-time air quality data on one of the display screens. The kiosks complement MCAQD’s existing middle school curriculum using Sonoma Technology’s Kids Making Sense program, collecting real-time air quality data using hand-held sensors and cell phones.
What Will I Learn?
Like smoking or poor dietary habits, polluted air poses a threat to our bodies in many ways. Using five interactive and engaging lessons, MCAQD’s kiosk will teach you about the valley’s biggest pollutants and how you can help make the air cleaner for everyone.
Where to Find the Kiosk
Lake Pleasant Discovery Center
Set inside the beautiful surroundings of the Lake Pleasant Discovery Center is one of our fixed, podium-style kiosks. Come visit this Center to explore this and other wildlife and historical displays!
South Mountain Environmental Education Center
With their mission to offer environmental education to South Phoenix communities and visitors to South Mountain Park, this wall-mounted kiosk is located inside the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. In addition to our air quality educational kiosk, come visit this Center to learn about plants, animals, natural history, and the conservation needs of the Sonoran Desert.
Air Quality Events
Would you like us to visit your school, classroom, or attend a STEM event? Contact us about our air quality mobile kiosk. We can set up a booth and the mobile kiosk and portable air monitoring device to enhance any science, earth sciences, or STEM-related event!