Monitoring Air Quality (Android-Only Sensor)

Why Do Scientists Monitor Air Quality?

Humans, animals, and plants all need clean air to live and thrive. Monitoring air quality in your neighborhood identifies areas where pollution is a problem and helps researchers find solutions.

image of the AirBeam 2 kit with its contents

What's in the Kit?

  • 1 AirBeam2 air quality sensor
  • 1 USB-C charging cord
  • 1 Carabiner clip
  • 1 WiFi Digital Microscope
  • 1 Micro-USB data/charging cable
  • 1 10x Magnifying glass
  • 1 Observation journal
  • 1 Pen
  • 1 instructions packet

Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN Sustainability Development Goal #3: Good health and Well-being
UN Sustainability Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
UN Sustainability Development Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production
UN Sustainability Development Goal #13: Climate Action
UN Sustainability Development Goal #16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment

Downloadable PDF


Collecting Data

Reading & Visualizing Data

Hands-On Activity & Other Tools

Important Notes

  • An Android device (not included) is required for this kit. This sensor is NOT compatible with the Apple iOS platform.
  • Before using the AirBeam2 air quality sensor, make sure the sensor and your Android device are fully charged. When the sensor is not in use, turn it off.
  • Internet/Wi-Fi connectivity is required to download and set up the AirCasting app.
  • Do not cover the sensor air inlet or exit.
  • The AirBeam2 air quality sensor in the kit is water-resistant, not waterproof. Make sure to protect the sensor in the rain by using an umbrella.
  • Keep the Android smart device and sensor within 10-20 feet of each other when connected via Bluetooth.
  • The AirBeam2 air quality sensor only measures particulate matter, it does not measure gaseous pollutants.
  • The AirBeam2 does not measure airborne viruses like the flu or COVID-19.