Students arrive every day at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate in Mangere knowing that learning is the number one goal. The effects of the weather can have significant impacts on their learning, achievement, and health throughout the year. Over the course of one day, a students' focus and attention can be affected due to the sun outside and climate inside classes. There is very little shade out of class and no ventilation indoors in the summer. During the winter, it can get very wet outside, and humid and damp inside.
Fisher and Pykel Healthcare is working with Sir Douglas Bader to develop a science project that will look at the question:
Is the level of ventilation and UV exposure in the school and learning environment currently unhealthy, and could we improve it by designing a system to detect the conditions and react to increase ventilation and reduce UV exposure?
This is where you come in:
The project needs HVAC&R expertise to support them in understanding Climate control; temperature + humidity, ventilation, air conditioning and UV radiation and detection.Can you?
F&P Healthcare are providing project mentors and they have budget for materials etc, but they really need an HVAC&R industry expert to work with the project leads and the students and show them how heating and cooling can create a healthier environment for them and their teachers. If you have a couple of hours to donate your expertise to support the school and help them to understand the importance the science of heating and cooling has in their lives contact Megan Darby.
How does this project support learning in science?
By addressing this question, we will be able to gather quantitative data to develop effective systems within our school to address the effects of poor ventilation and UV exposure. These systems would allow students and staff to raise awareness and develop knowledge of the impacts of the sun and poor indoor environment on student learning and health; with the aim to generate greater awareness and positive application in the family and wider community. The process could involve the installation of weather station sensors and use of displays for classrooms and playgrounds. Teachers and students would use these to attend to the environmental issues we face. The authentic context for real life scientific investigation will give students the opportunity to apply their existing and new knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) to tackle an issue that affects them and their community.