Training Teachers to Teach Computational Skills

RDCEP's Education Director, Seth Severns, leads four- to six-week workshops during which he teaches students to use Python to parse energy data and display it on LEDs. The goal is to model this curriculum for teachers so they can teach it on their own. Here, Tashena Chumrley teaches her students at Earle Elementary using this new curriculum.

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Women’s Board Grant to Expand High School Coding Curriculum

Congratulations to RDCEP’s education outreach team for obtaining generous support from the Women’s Board to expand their hands-on interactive curriculum Coding and Data Exploration with Smart Lamps. This coding course engages students in programming hands-on “smart lamps” (an internet-connected LED lamp driven by a palm-sized Raspberry Pi microcomputer). We’re very grateful for this funding from the Women’s Board, as it will allow us to build an interactive online curriculum and develop teacher training modules. These online modules will allow Chicago Public Schools teachers to cover some material independently before our team arrives for hands-on work with real devices.