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. 

Energy Demonstrations at SMART Program

RDCEP summer students demonstrated the energy demo library kits to high school students in Hyde park neighborhood through the SMART program conducted by the physics department at the University of Chicago. 

This fun outreach helped the summer students refine the curriculum materials for the energy demo library kits. They got to see where the written instructions worked and where it needed more tweaking, through interacting with others. They also conducted pre- and post- surveys to understand how well the demonstrations work in teaching students about energy in a hands-on way.