Air Quality Ballons

Hackidemia Air qualiy workshops in Budapest 

Hackidemia Air qualiy workshops in Budapest 

Air Quality Balloons 

This workshop will show you how to make giant, super cool, glowing balloons that react to surrounding air quality. Inside each balloon is a tri-colored LED. This LED reacts to data from an air quality sensor, turning green, yellow or red based on low, average, and high values.

Problem space:

  • Around 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and leaky stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.
  • Nearly 2 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use.

  • Nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under five are due to particulate matter inhaled from indoor air pollution.

  • More than 1 million people a year die from chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) that develop due to exposure to such indoor air pollution.

  • Both women and men exposed to heavy indoor smoke are 2-3 times more likely to develop COPD.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand and map pollutants in their local environment.

  • Understand basic electronics, sensors, and programming skills.

  • Understand data collection and analysis

  • How might we give access to tools and knowledge resources to help community members solve identified challenges and needs? Example: citizen science in China.