'Energy Engineers' Teacher Training Program

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This year, RDCEP will be conducting a series of Teacher Training workshops called 'Energy Engineers' for CPS teachers in collaboration with the Center for College Access and Success at the Northeastern Illinois University (CCAS@NEIU), Project SYNCERE and Planetary Laboratory. These workshops bring cross-curricular hands-on activities to the classroom, engaging teachers from different disciplines like mathematics, environmental science, social sciences and computer science. Through this program, students will learn to parse, understand and display streams of data, including school energy data, using a smart device designed from LED lights and a micro-computer called Raspberry Pi. Interested teachers sign up here.

More information about the program and offerings can be found here.


Energy Demo Lending Library

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We're launching a new energy demo lending library. Chicagoland teachers can borrow these kits and associated curricula to bring back to their classrooms. Our goal is to help students develop a deeper understanding and intuition for energy science, technology and usage -- and to spark interests in science and technical careers. Topics include electricity, chemical energy, motors and generators, wind energy, and solar photovoltaics.

You can find all of the demo kits here.


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Become a Partner Classroom

We're always on the lookout for teachers who would like to collaborate with other classrooms. This is a great way to expand and leverage data collection and analysis efforts across the city of Chicago.

If you would like to partner with other classrooms, please contact Seth Severns.


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Teacher Training Workshops

RDCEP offers teacher training workshops on topics related to energy and climate. If you would like us to visit your school, please let us know.


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City Data

In many of RDCEP's educational programs, students collect data from all over the city of Chicago. These datasets are available to teachers and cover a range of topics, including:

  • urban forestry (e.g., tree health, canopy, species diversity)
  • student transportation (e.g., how public high school students get to/from school)
  • return rates of lost letters and keys
  • abandoned buildings and vacant lots
  • residential lot condition (e.g., assessing overgrowth, litter, snow shoveling)

For more information, please contact us.


Curriculum Units

We're in the process of creating a library of curriculum units covering a wide variety of topics:

We are also working with Planet Lab, a network for sharing and disseminating science curricula, to reach teachers and students in Chicago Public Schools.