Citizen Science with IOT
There has been a great deal of excitement about the “Internet of Things” (IOT), networked objects that can collect and present data online and have the potential to be controlled remotely. A lot of the discussion is focused on consumer-oriented products, like thermastats you might control from work, but IOT also has the potential to collect data about spaces and communities. For this camp we introduce youth to some of the inventions and concepts (as well as challenges) with IOT and then work with them to build a simple pair of sensors that present space-use data graphically online.
Learning Process and Outcomes
Since this is a new camp participants will end up doing some of the investigation and research independently and collaboratively – this will be our first time going through the process and expect it to be challenging. They will engage in research design, data visualization, iterative prototyping and work with code as well as small electronics and other helpful tools like the laser engraver.
Each participant will take home two wireless Arduinos with environmental sensors, housed in some sort of container suited to where it will collect data.