TASK (Think Air Schools Kit)

An interactive educational experience

Created by teachers for teachers, TASK is the UK’s first air quality activity kit designed for classroom.

Easy to use and simple to teach, TASK bring groups and classrooms to life after months of virtual learning – building transferrable skills while focusing on a topic that directly impacts the next generation.

Covering all key areas of the new national curriculum, TASK’s hands-on STEM experiences help raise awareness of air pollution in a way that’s easy to understand, measure, and report

Designed to fit seamlessly with existing teaching plans, TASK is aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 – giving the next generation the tools they need to face the environmental challenges of tomorrow.

An Environmental Science Lab in a box, TASK lets pupils code simple software to collect and analyse the air quality of your school environment.

TASK’s experiments encourage curiosity and problem-solving – with activities covering everything from the effects of spraying aerosols to ventilation in the classroom.

Access to the UK’s largest air quality monitoring network also lets pupils compare results with other schools and report back to our scientists at Think Air HQ.

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The Think Air Schools Kit (TASK) delivers the awareness and understanding to help face the environmental challenges of today, and tomorrow. Key Features include:

  • TASK 1.0 aimed at Key Stage 2 (8-11 Year olds)
  • All STEM Skills utilised INCLUDING CODING
  • Teaching plan to suit all facets of the 2021 curriculum
  • Practical and theoretical experiments and investigations
  • CO2 Add-on module coming Q4 2021
  • Become part of the largest Air Quality Awareness Network in the UK

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What's in the Kit?

  • Particulate Sensor (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10)
  • Temperature and Humidity Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Sound Sensor
  • Speaker
  • LCD Display
  • Building Bricks (But you can use whatever you like! Cardboard, 3D print, recycled plastic, etc)
  • Battery Pack
  • Raspberry Pi & Think Air Software

Everything you need to jump straight in to an engaging learning experience!

Pupils can work individually or together as a team exercise to build the unit and begin experimentation.

The online learning resources have been careful assembled to cover all areas of the curriculum in England and Wales, including the 2021 changes. 

The content has been created with agility in mind. Learning to suit any delivery method whether a solid concentrated project block, or scattered throughout all taught subjects you will find the learning resources provide simple direction for inclusion.

We all know we learn better when the learning is relevant and that's where the experiments excel. Promoting curiosity and creating problem solvers with activities ranging from the affects of spraying aerosols to ventilation in the classroom, with optional "take home" projects.

The teachning plan activities get you started, the rest will be guided by the curiosity and imagination of the pupils. Questions will be asked, experiments designed, carried out, assessed and understood.

It's an Environmental Science Lab in a box.


Understanding The Problem

CO2 is produced when people breathe. Each exhaled breath by an average adult contains 35,000 to 50,000 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 – 100 times higher than is typically found in the outside air (OSA).

The CO2 concentration in an occupied indoor space indicates if the building’s air exchange balance is appropriate – that is, if the optimal amount of OSA is being mixed with air that has been circulating in the building


Why schools need to Think Air

Child and teacher wellness is a key area of focus for schools across the UK.

Chronic exposure to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) indoors can have a wide range of health effects. It can also contribute to behavioural changes, physical and mental performance, and reduced school attendance.

Children brought to school by car or bus are exposed to higher levels of air pollution than those who walk, and children with asthma are particularly vulnerable.

Monitoring – and improving – air quality helps schools to minimise both children and teachers’ exposure to harmful air pollutants.

And getting pupils involved is even better.

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More about Think Air

Think Air is a Vindico company and the largest non-government particulate monitoring network in the UK.

It brings you the live data that will transform your school environments both indoors and out.

Easy, accessible, and affordable, Think Air’s cutting-edge air quality sensors and software measure and monitor indoor and outdoor air quality to give you – and your pupils – an overview of the air around you.

Data is collected by the Think Air cloud-based database and presented to you in easy-to-understand dashboard that can help you shape changes that can minimise air pollution in and around your school.

You can access it anywhere, from any device, and download reports and charts in simple PDF and Excel formats.

The entire platform works across all devices and networks, including Windows, IOS, and Android.

Indoor networks can also be linked to outdoor monitors to give you an even more comprehensive view of local air quality.



Why schools need to Think Air

Child and teacher wellness is a key area of focus for schools across the UK.

Chronic exposure to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) indoors can have a wide range of health effects. It can also contribute to behavioural changes, physical and mental performance, and reduced school attendance.

Children brought to school by car or bus are exposed to higher levels of air pollution than those who walk, and children with asthma are particularly vulnerable.

Monitoring – and improving – air quality helps schools to minimise both children and teachers’ exposure to harmful air pollutants.

And getting pupils involved is even better.


The Think Air Difference

Think Air brings you real-time data that will transform your school environments both indoors and out.

Simple, smart, and valuable, Think Air’s cutting-edge air quality sensors and software measure and monitor indoor and outdoor air quality to give you – and your pupils – an overview of the air around you.

Data is collected by the Think Air cloud-based database and presented to you in easy-to-understand dashboard that can help you shape changes that can minimise air pollution in and around your school.

You can access it anywhere, from any device, and download reports and charts in simple PDF and Excel formats.

The entire platform works across all devices and platforms, including Windows, IOS, and Android.

Indoor networks can also be linked to outdoor monitors to give you an even more comprehensive view of your community’s local air quality.

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TASK at Number 10 Downing Street.

In May 2021 Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited Vindico to Number 10 Downing street to showcase the Think Air Schools Kit as part of the official launch of the #togetherforourplanet campaign with SME Climate Hub. A worthwhile initiative that encourages SME's to commit to zero carbon by a target date, something both Vindico and Think Air have signed up to.

The Prime Minister successfully completed the build of the kit with the message on the display reporting that "PM is Good", a happy accident for sure! You can watch the PM play with TASK here.

The Think Air Schools Kit and how it fits with todays pupils and learning techniques was shared with the Secretary of State for Business Kwasi Kwarteng and the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion Andrew Griffith, both of whom wished to take it away from event to continue playing!

TASK's ability to immediately capture the imagination, whilst being of a familiar enough design to avoid being intimidating is a wonderful combination for learning new skills.

At Think Air we believe it's our job as adults (and parents) to make sure the future generations are as aware and capable as possible to face the challenges of today as well as tomorrow.

We, and the Prime Minister alike, believe that there are gaps in the essential STEM skills and a lack of equality of opportunity at Primary School level, products like TASK can play a key part in the delivery of this crucial understanding and preparation.

We need to create Champions for Change.

 


How much CO2 Is too much?

Current ventilation guidelines, such as those from the Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, recommend that indoor CO2 levels not exceed the local outdoor concentration by more than about 650 ppm. Good practice indicates that the ASHRAE Standard 62.1 target CO2 level in indoor air is about 1,030 ppm given the outside average of 380 ppm. It is important to adhere to these guidelines.

The performance of individuals in schools and offices with elevated CO2 concentrations can be affected because occupants may become lethargic and drowsy. Additionally, as CO2 builds up, so do other indoor air contaminants, which increases occupants’ exposures to irritating, distracting and potentially unhealthy gases and particulates


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