Social Justice through Visualization of the Air
Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Lynch School of Education
The work proposed here is an outgrowth of existing work and will allow for the exploration of an idea that I hope will result in some baseline data for a NSF SBIR (Small business Innovative Research) and an AISL (Advancing Informal Science Learning) proposals in the next year. The basic premise of this work is to build upon an air quality mapping project by providing more depth, detail, and enhanced data integrity to the project. To achieve this we are proposing equipping high school youth and environmental studies minors with high quality air sensors that they will carry with them as they go about their travels from where they live or work to Boston College. These sensors are designed to collect information regarding the quality of the air that one is breathing and this data will become part of a data set that will be integrated in the GE182 and ED550 courses for visualization and analyses. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that the data and student created visualizations will be visible on touch-foils (which are thin films that convert store-front windows into interactive touchscreens) that will be placed in storefronts and restaurants at various locations around the metro-Boston region.