Air Quality InQuiry Program

The Air Quality InQuiry Program (AQ-IQ) began as a partnership among the Hannigan Lab in the CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering department, the Western Slope Conservation Center in Paonia, Colorado, and several high school science teachers in the Delta County School District.

AQIQ puts cutting edge air quality monitoring technology, called Pods, into the hands of high school and community citizen scientists to investigate air quality questions in their hometown.

  • CU Boulder provides the Pods, which measure carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • Pods can be accessed through local high school chapters and a Pod Checkout Program at the CU Museum of Natural History.

  • We’ve developed a 5 lesson Curriculum for high school classrooms to conduct their own research using the Pod.

  • CU Boulder Engineering students are available to help classrooms and communities use the Pods and troubleshoot technical issues. Contact us here with questions or for assistance.