Physics A level students are working with global IT firm ARM for the third year running on their EES (Engineering Education Scheme) project. This year our students are working on a device for detecting air pollution while out exercising, walking, running and cycling so that routes can be planned to minimise the pollution. As part of the project, our students spent two days in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department the University of Hertfordshire, working with three engineer mentors from ARM. David Jones, Head of Physics, reports:
“A microprocessor has to be linked to pollution sensors and a GPS module to gather live pollution data and relay that to a live map on a laptop. During the two days our students started work on getting all the sensors to work, calibrating the GPS, soldering onto a base board and calibrating the working sensors, and coding the microprocessor to collect and write data to a library, and then send that data to the laptop.
“The students have until Easter to complete the device and prepare a display and presentation to a panel of judges in the Celebration Day at GSK (GlaxoSmithKline).
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