Some 150 end-of-cycle students at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Gatineau’s Hull sector have built air purifiers for each class as part of a project devised by the school’s principal. , David McFall.
The latter says that a conversation with a student’s parent about air purifiers at the start of the school year turned into a discussion about how one could build a DIY air purifier.
He then considered this idea, then spoke with a consultant from the Western Quebec School Board, who suggested that he make it a school project.
It would be fun. It would engage students and motivate them to learn more about the science of air quality and air purification. So we went from thereexplained Mr. McFall in interview at CBC.
Learning by doing
Student of 5and year, 10-year-old Joseph Bales finds that making the filters was fun and that these
Her father, Andrew Bales, helped oversee the class as they built some of the 26 air purifiers.
What I think they understood was how valuable this project was and that they got to be part of something positivehe notes.
The school interests children in the importance of the outdoors, of health, and gives them a kind of education about the external environment. This project fits right in with that by giving children the opportunity to continue living normal lives, as best they can under the circumstances, while doing something to help each other.
Andrew Bales was so inspired by his son’s school project that he decided to make himself a filter for his house too.
An additional measure to limit transmission
Mr. McFall explains that he used MERV 13 furnace filters, which Health Canada claims are capable of capturing
particles, including those containing infectious viruses, if any.
These types of filters aren’t as effective as HEPA filters, but the principal says HEPA filters are too expensive to use schoolwide, costing between $600 and $800 each.
According to Public Health Ontario, an air filter
is not enough to prevent people from contracting COVID-19, especially when
close contactsbut that it can help limit transmission.
This is an additional measure to improve indoor air quality and reduce transmission, but it does not replace other public health measuresaccording to the provincial public health agency.
With information from CBC