RCC Faculty and Friends Build DIY Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes That Reduce Airborne Viral Particles
Inspired by the pandemic, Roxbury Community College is implementing a cost-efficient way to purify the air in several of their classrooms. On November 4, Professor Richard Eells, RCC Math Department, led a two-hour joint effort of RCC instructors and RCC students to assemble 18 Corsi-Rosenthal boxes to reduce airborne viral particles in indoor spaces on campus.
“After the challenges that we faced throughout the pandemic over the past two years, I was eager to find ways to keep our community healthy and comfortable as we return to classrooms this fall, and these Corsi boxes are great air filters and cheap and fun to build,” explains Professor Eells. Zana Bennett and Cianna Joy, members of the Student Government Association, participated in the event.
Designed during the pandemic, Corsi-Rosenthal boxes are simple homemade air purification boxes that use a box fan, air filters, and other common materials. Costing just $50 per air purifier, this initiative is a cost-effective way to help keep the campus community healthy. The boxes will be installed in classrooms, offices, the library, tutoring spaces, and other student spaces across RCC’s campus.