Using the Arduino MKR1000 for a Civic Data Collection Project #ArduinoMonday
Thanks to Richard for writing in about this neat project from MakerHQ. He says:
Our makerspace, MakerHQ, spent four weeks working with the general public to build these really neat noise pollution sensors that we’re working on deploying throughout the city. It was a really fun, collaborative way to teach and learn about IoT and electronics using the MKR1000s. One of our goals in doing this project was exposing non-makers to a lot of the fundamental concepts that go with seeing a project go from idea to prototype. We hope to contribute more curriculum and content in the realm of how maker/hackerspaces can interact with the community at large.
We began our first community project build just about a month ago with the making of a sleek noise pollution data collection device, dubbed “Project Noiseometer”.
The project idea started with the majority of us living in the somewhat dense Midtown, Sacramento neighborhood, where there are corridors plagued by incessant noise pollution. This can come in the form of loud, fast one way streets that host vehicles with modifications to increase noise generation or it can come from the ever constant construction occuring Downtown. Regardless, we noticed that absolutely no one was collecting, plotting, and analyzing this sound data to better educate civic leaders of the potential problem of noise pollution.
At MakerHQ, we’re huge fans of getting our hands on raw data. Despite searching, we could not find any current, context-rich datasets put out by the city for noise pollution. So, we decided to collect the data ourselves using the Arduino MKR1000, sound sensors, and the infrastructure already in use by the internet of things devices that are growing in popularity. A lot of the education materials and resources that we used in this project can be found on our forum post for the project.
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