The goal of our project is to bring awareness and educate the general population about indoor air quality and the harmful effects that high particulate matter concentrations can have on us. We believe it is important to learn about indoor air quality because there is statistical evidence that shows indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality. We have developed a website that displays the effects that indoor air quality may have on us and information about the air quality inside various school buildings that is updated in real-time. To collect data about the air quality in our school’s buildings, we are using PurpleAir sensors. Currently, we have three sensors around the school set up to collect levels of particulate matter in the air: one inside the Hashinger Science Center, one inside Keck Center for Science and Engineering, and one outside of the Keck Center.
The new semester is underway and it sure looks different from this time last year. However, we’ve had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting the students in our first-year foundations grand challenges courses these past few weeks and there is one thing that does not seem to have changed: the students’ motivation for learning about science
The Grand Challenges Initiative is Chapman University’s groundbreaking new approach to training the next generation of leaders in science and engineering. The program provides foundational skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork for every undergraduate student entering the Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School