RDCEP's Education Director, Seth Severns, is leading a four-week Energy Engineers workshop with 7th and 8th graders at Melody Elementary school. They're learning how to use Python to display energy data with LEDs. Severns is modeling this workshop so teachers can teach the curriculum on their own.
RDCEP's Education Director, Seth Severns, teaching students at Leland Elementary School how to build simple electric motors using everyday household items.
RDCEP's Education Director, Seth Severns, teaching students at Leland Elementary School. Their teacher is lifting water bottles in order to feel the power that a 60-watt bulb consumes.
A student feeling the heat difference generated by LED and incandescent bulbs with RDCEP's Education Director, Seth Severns.
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.
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.