Neighborhoods subjected to deadly air quality can finally fight back.

High schoolers in Queens, NY were frustrated by the air pollution in their neighborhood, so they took action! STEM students designed, programmed, and tested an instrument that is now used in communities across the country to crowdsource the collection of air pollution data.

Now they’re holding polluters and regulators accountable. In New York, “students counted as many as 304 trucks per hour at intersections in the South Bronx, and measured particulate concentrations up to seven times higher than those tallied by the nearest state Department of Environmental Conservation monitoring station”.…

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