RadoNorm Aerosol Hungary
The aim of the RadoNorm pilot citizen science project in Hungary was to test whether it is feasible to develop an affordable toolkit measuring several air quality and radiation components, including radon, CO2, particulate matter and CO. This project is driven by the need to address the limited public awareness regarding radon, particularly its correlation with indoor air pollutants and the multiple beneficial effects of mitigation. The project which started as a pilot is now ongoing under the name RadoNorm Aerosol, with extensions and improved technical solutions, as a result of the high level of motivation of the participants.
The aim of the RadoNorm pilot citizen science project in Hungary was to test whether it is feasible to develop a toolkit that consists of several low-cost sensors, that is suitable for measuring several air quality and radiation components. Workshops were first organised for contact teachers from three high schools in Budapest and Székesfehérvár respectively and then for secondary school students of 14 to 18 years old where interested students were invited to become citizen scientists. The eighteen natural science students involved developed a toolkit and tested it through a series of short-term individual measurements at different locations at schools and residences. The results were analysed interpreted in collaboration with teachers and researchers. The pilot CS project included an interdisciplinary component, as students also developed the technical documentation of the toolkit in easy-to-understand English, in collaboration with students of design and communication, who accompanied the development and testing process in addition to helping in the dissemination tasks. The project is disseminated on a student- created website.
Funding bodies: European CommissionRadoNorm Euratom
Budapest and Székesfehérvár