Inquiry-Based Learning

The DIY Air Filter kits provide an opportunity for young minds to engage with their environment in a number of ways. Every teacher we have talked to has a unique perspective on how they would integrate it into their classroom. Below are lesson plans developed by teachers for use in their own classroom. Check back regularly for ideas that you can quickly deploy throughout the semester. 

Share Your Ideas

There are countless ways to integrate the DIY Air Filter kits with the educational standards that you are working on. We have heard ways to easily use the kits in Math, Science, and English Language Arts but they can also work alongside computer science with 3D printing. Several add-on measurement tools are available to further expand lesson plans depending on resources available. If you come up with a lesson plan, please share it with us for the broader community. 

Lesson Plans

Updated Regularly with User Submissions 




Flying Letters or Numbers – Word FormatPDF Format

Go With the Flow – Word FormatPDF Format

Middle School

Shroud Sizing – Word FormatPDF Format

What Goes In Must Come Out – Word FormatPDF Format

Saving Time With Symmetry – Word FormatPDF Format

High School

A Real-Life Application of (2D) Riemann Sums – Word FormatPDF Format

How High (Construction Version) – Word FormatPDF Format

How High (Quick Version) – Word FormatPDF Format

Air Flow with an Anemometer

One way to enhance student engagement is to utilize a handheld anemometer to measure air flows. How does the air flow coming out of the fan compare to that coming through the filters? If you don’t use a shroud, then what is the airflow at the corners of the fan? How about the very center of the fan? Can you describe in words (or a formula) the relationships you are seeing? 

This is the anemometer we used but they are readily available for ~$40. 

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Measure Particle Counts

You can see the effectiveness of the filter in real-time by using a Air Quality Monitor. We used a really fancy one in the lab to get measurements of particles of different sizes but for your classroom you can just look at total particle counts. If you measure the particle counts at multiple points in the classroom, do they change? If so, why? Compare the particle counts going into the filters (side of the box) versus above the fan. Are you seeing a big drop? If you want a particle counter, something like this works great.

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Get In Touch

Please contact us with any questions you may have about these lesson plans, suggestions for improvement, or information about how to make your ideas available for everyone.