PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Monitoring algal bloom in freshwater bodies using frugal tools
Citizen science happens when ordinary people observe the world around them simply out of curiosity. I believe that simple measurements taken over a long time can give valuable information about the environment we live in. The best way to spread awareness of STEM education and map out environmental health is to engage students in citizen science projects. With that in mind, I have designed a virtual educational framework to teach school children- how to do science experiments at home using frugal tools like paper-based microscopes, spectroscopes, etc. Issues to address- 1. How do we teach basic concepts of microscopy and/or spectrophotometry to school children in a virtual setting? (Education). 2. How do we monitor algal bloom in fresh-water bodies to preserve aquatic ecosystems? (Implementation). Why is it important/goals- 1. The primary goal of the project is to spark interest and curiosity among school children about ecology, biodiversity and the microscopic world in their local environment. 2. The proposed framework will also improve the basic understanding of frugal measurement tools, so that anyone can do science under a tree. 3. Long-term monitoring of algal bloom is important because it controls the amount of dissolved oxygen and hence the ecosystem in the water body.