Smart Lamp Redesign

RDCEP ran a successful summer short course on how to design "smart" lamps that reacts to different forms of input data (such as Twitter data or Energy data). We are adapting this curriculum to be both an in-school and after-school program during the school year! 
One of the changes we want to bring about, this time, is to build a lamp that is 'reusable'! What does it mean by making the lamp reusable? It means the different components of the lamp can be assembled as well as disassembled very easily. This way, we can use the same lamp kit in different classrooms!
This design was created by Nathan Matteson, who is currently an assistant professor at DePaul university. The design files can be found a platform developed by Inventibles called Easel. Note: Easel requires a sign-in with a free account. Here are the links: 
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Foster Children Meeting with Dr. Leonard Smith


At today’s Foster Children meeting, Leonard Smith hosted a lively discussion on the “Five Factions of Forecasters: How Climate Science Suffers from Disharmony amongst the Mathematical Sciences.” He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series and a professor in the Department of Statistics at the London School of Economics.


High School Summer Scholars Present Their Work

Our High School Summer Scholars presented their work to RDCEP staff this morning. Abisola Olawale and Stacy Lam demonstrated how they analyzed water quality time series graphs in order to investigate the efficacy of EPA regulations in Illinois and Texas. Ben Glick and Anthony Roitman discussed their exploration of relationships between EPA regulations and air quality at over 6,000 locations throughout the United States. Denise Hernandez, Danica Jayco, Gustavo Tovar, and Mitchell Pearsall presented their findings on the energy literacy of Americans, especially high schoolers. They also demonstrated their work on RDCEP’s energy demo lending library and corresponding website.

High School Students are 'Consultants' for a Day

Summer high school students visited the Alliance for the Great Lakes offices for a one day workshop to learn about their citizen science data collection project. The Alliance for the Great Lakes has a volunteer run program called 'adopt-a-beach', where people form groups to clean the coastal areas by the Great Lakes.

In our one-day event, the students experienced what it would be like to be a program consultant for the Alliance. They formed teams to come up with ideas to increase volunteer engagement and public outreach as well as to redesigning the user interface for their website.

The students also presented their ideas to the Alliance for the Great Lakes team at the end of a very productive day!  

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.