The Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events (BLLEE), created into the I-CHANGE project, is glad to communicate the successful installation of the Smart Citizen Kits (low-cost pollution sensors) at five schools of Fundació Jesuïtes Educació that are member of the network of Escoles+Sostenibles of Barcelona.

These schools are located in different districts of Barcelona: Poble Sec, Sarriá, Gràcia, Eixample and Clot, representing different sectors of the population and different environmental conditions. Besides the low-cost sensors for air-pollution, the schools will also collect meteorological data, including rainfall, from a meteorological low-cost station financed by the AGORA project from the Water Catalan Agency. Students will be involved in collecting data on extreme temperatures and heavy precipitation, following the main challenges of the BLLEE. 

In the next phase of this collaboration, the educational community and the BLLEE will develop in a co-creative process some activities and methodologies to be included in the students’ curriculum, mainly in the subjects of mathematics, environment sciences and technology. Some of the last year students will also use the collected data in their research project. Students will analyse and discover, through didactic activities, the meaning of data recorded by the stations and its relationship and impacts with their daily activities. 

This effort aims to increase awareness about extreme events and air pollution to which the citizens in Barcelona are exposed, encouraging the active participation of the educational community in decision-making policies in the school and increasing the collective debate and interest in adopting more sustainable habits that would reduce the impacts of climate change. 

This successful collaboration between Jesuïtes Educació and the University of Barcelona is an example of commitment towards a better environmental education and increasing the awareness of climate change.

By University of Barcelona (UB)