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Plovdiv Students Become Citizen Scientists and Install Traffic Sensors on Their School

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

This article was originally published on on 7 April 2023

Plovdiv students meeting energy agency

Dimitar Talev Primary School - first pilot school

The first pilot school from Plovdiv joined the COMPAIR project under the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union, which aims to improve air quality by applying new technologies for data collection when measuring air quality at the local level. The project is implemented by the Energy Agency - Plovdiv, under the auspices of Mr. Anesti Timchev (Deputy Mayor "Ecology and Health") and Mr. Stefan Stoyanov (Deputy Mayor "Education, Business Development and European Policies") under the Municipality of Plovdiv.

With the assistance of Mrs. Irina Cholakova - director of "Dimitar Talev" Primary School and on the initiative of Engineer Milena Agopyan (representative of the Energy Agency - Plovdiv) and Mrs. Vera Shopova (teacher of natural sciences and information technologies), on 04.07.2023. project activities were launched at the school.

The students from the "Green Alternatives" club under the leadership of Mrs. Vera Shopova and the participants of the "Multimedia World" club led by Ilia Dobrev (RNIKT) welcomed the mobile laboratory for measuring air quality, which was located in the school yard. The children examined her with great enthusiasm and curiosity.

Engineer Milena Agopyan introduced the students to the working principles of the individual devices that measure the levels of various pollutants. She explained to them the purpose of the laboratory and the sensors that will be placed on the school building.

The students from the "Multimedia World" club interviewed Eng. Agopyan and asked her questions related to the project and the upcoming activities related to it.

The participants of the "Green Alternatives" club also got to know how a sensor works, taking into account the intensity of traffic - pedestrians, cyclists and different types of vehicles, and a sensor that allows static and dynamic measurement of dust particles. The children assembled their own do-it-yourself sensors for measuring dust particles.

Particle and traffic sensors were installed on the facade of the school, and the students themselves will be able to report and analyze the data obtained by the end of the school year.



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