With senseBox one can build, create and easily code stationary or mobile devices equipped with sensors for environmental phenomena like temperature, air quality or light pollution. The devices are connected to the internet and submit the measurements to the IoT-platform openSenseMap. The project is a breakthrough because it empowers children, citizens and professionals in the acquisition of data about our world, by educating them in 21st century skills like coding, creativity, critical thinking. It teaches scientific, computational and spatial literacy at a time. senseBox is being used in schools, universities, in STEM-subjects, libraries and in citizen science projects. Out of a BMBF-funded research project at the university of Münster, senseBox has spinned-of the edtech start-up re:edu.

Tags: Learn smart, Citizenscience, Ed tech, 21st century skills. Life long learning

Thomas Bartoschek

Reedo GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas is Co-Founder and CEO of the edtech start-up re:edu. He also is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster. There he is founder and leader of the GI@School Lab and the senseBox project. His research focus is on digital learning with (geo)technologies, human computer interaction and citizen science. He develops products for digital education and communication of his science. His work was awarded several times, in 2013 he received the ACM Eugene Lawler Award for humanitarian contributions in computer science for his work in GI@School.

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