How do Crescent School classrooms compare to the InternationalSpaceStation?
Crescent’s Grade7 students are discovering answers to that question by serving as citizen scientists with the Living Space Project, an initiative run by Let’s Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency.
The students are gathering environmental data (temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels) from their classrooms and an outdoor area on campus, then comparing it with data collected aboard the InternationalSpaceStation. Their findings will help the Living Space Project determine how indoor environmental conditions affect human health and the best conditions for healthy living, which can be applied to the InternationalSpaceStation and future space travel programs.
To analyse the data, the students are using micro:bits programmable pocket-sized computers that are designed to build basic coding skills. The students have coded external sensors on the micro:bits to take environmental readings. (The photo shows student Ariston Wang coding his micro:bit computer.)
“This project is honing the boys’ science knowledge and their curiosity about Canada's space initiatives, while also building their computer science skills and understanding of computational thinking,” says their teacher, Greg Ryerson.