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Project to create 'eco-schools'

Scientists at Bath Spa University are helping local school children to track pollution in their environment.

The primary school pupils will monitor levels of carbon monoxide fumes and noise using technology devised by a local company.

The researchers hope that the project will help the children to learn how to interpret scientific information.

The schools will then use the data collected to become officially certified as "eco-schools."

The university's Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning is working together with local firm Sciencescope to run the project for 10 primary schools in the Bath area.

The children will be learning to use technology, including electronic data-tagging and GPS, which is used in satellite navigation systems.

The information will then be combined to produce interactive three-dimensional maps of each school's environmental quality.

Professor Dan Davies, of Bath Spa University, said: "This technology will help children get better at interpreting scientific information and enrich their environmental understanding with real evidence."

Schools taking part in the scheme will also be able to share their data via an online portal with the help of the Science Learning Centre South West based at Explore@Bristol.

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