Loop Lamps

Can the Internet of Things help us use less energy?

Students collaborate to design, build and program “smart lamps” that provide visual feedback based on energy usage -- compared to neighbors and their own past energy usage. Upon completion, the smart lamps display different light colors and strobing patterns in response to a data feed. Students are introduced to the Internet of Things, product design, makerspaces, basic programming and energy usage.


Transportation Study

How do students get to and from Chicago's selective enrollment high schools? How long is their commute? Are they safe using public transportation?

Students design and administer surveys to study the transportation of Chicago Public School students that attend schools outside of their neighborhoods (e.g., magnet schools, selective enrollment schools). They identify primary methods of transportation, average commute times, and student perceptions of safety during their commute.


Food Deserts

Does Chicago have any food deserts? If so, where? Are food deserts related to public health?

Students collect and analyze data in order to identify food deserts, urban areas with limited access to affordable and fresh foods. They also look for relationships between food deserts, diabetes and poverty.


Energy Demo Lending Library

How do we make the energy that we use every day? Which forms of energy are more efficient? Which are more practical?

Hands-on energy demonstrations help students develop intuition for energy science, technology and usage -- and spark interest in science and technical careers.

Topics include electricity, chemical energy, motors and generators, wind energy, and solar photovoltaics


If you or your organization is interested in partnering with RDCEP on a future summer intensive short course, please contact us.