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Partnerships


along with automated Raspberry Pi measurements and monthly diffusion tube results. This allows us to monitor pollution across the area for a year. The Raspberry Pis have a plug-in sensor to measure particulate matter (the most damaging of these are from diesel fumes and wood burning). Once a month, I take the diffusion


tubes to a lab where the data can be analysed. Holly’s science club is recording and collecting data, while other schools do this as part of a class project. Sixth formers from Abingdon School, Larkmead School and Radley College are mentoring the primary school pupils remotely, while Year 7 and 8 science clubs at John Mason School and Fitzharrys School are also taking part. One of our sixth formers


discovered an online international


air-quality monitoring network. By registering our sensors on this network, we are able to access data on air quality across the world. The sixth formers can programme and plug in the sensors, but not all our primary schools have the necessary IT support, so we’re looking at how we can make this work. The project has become the focus


for our Schools Science Fair at Abingdon’s ATOM Festival, where the pupils’ work will be exhibited in March. For British Science Week (also in March), each of the schools will make a video clip for a virtual conference about our project. The pupils are also making posters to display at the town museum. By June, we will have a year’s


worth of data. With this as our pilot, we hope to get funding for a bigger project to develop our work further.


Another RSC member, Zoë Fleming from the University of Chile in Santiago, previously carried out projects with schools while working at Leicester University. She is keen to make our project part of an international network of schools that are monitoring air pollution. In fact, she is currently looking for funding to begin this collaboration, which is very exciting for all of the pupils and teachers involved.’ Jeremy Thomas, coordinator, Abingdon Science Partnership


RSC GRANTS


Royal Society of Chemistry grants of up to £5,000 are available monthly during 2021, with application deadlines near the start of each month. Deadlines for large grants are 1 March and 6 September. n For more information, visit rsc.org


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