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A new Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation will help Array of Things expand its educational curricul

The modern “shop class” is no longer the bandsaws and sandpaper of the old days.

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The Computation Institute hosts a summer internship program for advanced high school and college students to gain exposure to research.

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For the past four years, the Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship has brought over 160 fellows from around the world to Chicago to work on data-driven projects with real world significance. They've used machine learning and predictive analytics to improve graduation rates, anticipate urban blight and water infrastructure issues, direct hazardous waste inspections, deliver targeted social services, and much more. Now, the program, run by the CI's Center for Data Science and Public Policy, is looking for fellows, mentors, project managers, partners, and funders for 2017, with applications due at the end of January.

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The newly launched National Center for Opportunity Engineering & Analysis (NCOEA) at the Computation Institute will use the latest computation and data science tools to help close the skills gap, reduce economic inequality, and provide new ways to search for training connected to employment and career opportunities.

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On November 17th, the second Campus as a Lab hackathon brought together 50 people for a night of education, exploration, and collaboration at Saieh Hall. Working with real, building-level data on UChicago campus energy usage, participants conducted preliminary analyses meant to better understand and eventually improve sustainability at the university. Workshops led by representatives from EPIC, the Computation Institute, and UChicago Facilities Services provided information on building automation, energy prices, industry analytics, and technical tools such as visualization, databases, and project scoping.

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The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship's 2016 Data Fest presented projects addressing problems in education, public health, policy, conservation, international development, social services, policing, and a broad range of other societal issues, proving the potential of data-driven methods for creating positive change.

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From Kenya and Mexico to Syracuse and Tulsa, data in the hands of people with skills, expertise, and compassion can produce genuine benefits.

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As the Array of Things takes its final steps toward its public launch later this summer, it has locked in two new relationships that will support its research and education goals. Through an Innovation Generation grant from Motorola Solutions, the Array of Things (AoT) team will expand the high school curriculum built around the urban sensing project last year at Lane Tech High School, enabling more students to learn about technology, programming, and other important skills through the platform. Meanwhile, a new agreement with AT&T establishes the company as the wireless provider for the AoT nodes, transmitting terabytes of data to storage.

Inside the small wooden box are several tiny sensors, a cellular modem, a battery, and a micro-processor running custom programming code.