Explore, find, and share learning activities teaching environmental awareness
Includes activities using smart IoT planters in learning spaces
The children will observe how a bean plant grows and capture the information in a journal. They will conduct a fair test whether the plant will grow successfully. For example, if the plant will need direct sunlight, partial sunlight or be placed in the shade. They will also discover what else a plant needs in order to grow.
This activity is intended for students to be able to understand that plants are living beings and what role sensors can play in understanding what is happening to them. The objective of this activity is to bring plants closer to younger students. Students will touch plants, water them, and understand that plants are living things. The telemetry will help them identify relevant indicators for plant life.
This activity teaches students how to program IoT interfaces using ESP32, Thingsboard and Telegram through an IoT system that monitors the status of a plant and its environment.
The importance of having healthy work spaces is key to people's well-being. This matter has acquired special relevance in recent years due to the pandemic, a period in which it has been necessary to balance variables such as CO2 and temperature. To this end, health-related organizations have drawn up recommendations on the ideal CO2 values (CO2<1000 ppm) and on how work spaces should be ventilated (cross ventilation) to minimize contagion.
We are entering a winter in which energy spending is going to rise drastically due to the impact of the invasion in Ukraine. In this context, some governments have already decreed measures to moderate energy consumption by establishing temperature limits for the use of heating (maximum 27ºC) and air conditioning (minimum 19ºC) in public settings .
It is scientifically proven that using certain houseplants indoors can help moderate these variables. In fact, there are plants that are especially suitable for regenerating CO2, and they also help soften abrupt changes in temperature and humidity as a result of opening doors/windows. How can we comply with government regulations without affecting health recommendations? In this practice we are going to try using technology and natural means.
To address this problem, it is proposed to develop a mobile application that makes use of an IoT system that monitors variables in indoor spaces. These variables (ambient temperature, ambient humidity, ambient light, CO2, and soil temperature) affect people and plants that live in the same workspace. For this, the application to be developed must collect, interpret, and give feedback to the user on the health conditions of the environment. It can also give recommendations to the user on what actions to take to adjust it to these regulations and/or recommendations (e.g., open/close window/door, raise/lower air/heating). In addition, you can display data on additional external sources.
This activity involves teaching primary school pupils the cycle of life and provides pointers to the start of life and the end of life and the stages of life. This activity is based on a short story which connects the stages of a plant’s life (e.g., the sunflower / the flower of happiness) with human life.
Creating automated sytem for monitoring enviromental conditions and for providing targeted care for indoor plants during extended school holidays. The system will utilise certain Spike measurements in order to activate the appropriate mechanism for watering, providing more light, better air flow and temperature control in the plants area.
The goal of the activity is to teach the kids the fundamentals of scientific journaling adapted to each educational level. To accomplish that I suggest 6 fundamental tasks to be done:
- Define the frequency of the data gathering.
- Predefine the data to be registered on the journal.
- Define the template / example journal for guidance.
- Follow the journaling plan.
- Share the final journal with peers.
- Discuss over different conclusions.
Group activity. The goal is to teach digital skills to students using data collected from plants. More specifically, the international standard measurements for each variable (eg temperature in degrees centigrade, carbon dioxide in parts per million), recommendations on appropriate values in learning spaces will be explored. An experiment will be carried out to see how the values collected by the system are adjusted in comparison to the recommendations.
Positioning plants to their specific needs