The Smart Kids Lab makes it possible for children to map their environment in a playful way, by using modern technology and instruments.
Want to experience the Smart Kids Lab yourself?
You can! Waag will be present at the Marineterrein Ontdekdagen on the 9th of September and everyone can join the measurements! We collect all the measurements of the day on one big map. Then it is possible to see what are the best spots to swim, play or read a book!
More info: waag.org/nl/event/ontdekdagen-marineterrein
Check the article about the Smart Kids Lab featured in our online magazine 'Smart Stories':
What is the goal of the project?
The Smart Kids Lab makes it possible for children to map their environment in a playful way, by using modern technology and instruments. With the aid of small scale tests and selfmade sensors they can hands-on monitor their direct surroundings at home, or at school.
What is the result of the project?
Smart Kids Lab formed part of the European Making Sense programme, that aims to explore how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to appropriate their own technological sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 688620.
What can other cities learn from your project?
Part of this project was an installation at the Dutch Cinekid Festival of 2016. Here, children used the installation to do their own measurements and compare results. Accompanying the installation, an online platform facilitates performing tests at home or at school, with downloadable materials. Other cities can easily use the instructable formats and organize workshops in their own cities. IAAC/Fab Lab Barcelona kindly provided a first English translation of two measurement tools from the Dutch kit, acidity (of water and soil) and particulated matter (air pollution).