Welcome Forensic Investigators! On a sun-bright summer day, we welcomed our awesome forensic crews: Shemaree, Tanaya, Oliver, Zion, Risean, Salimah, Camille, Dakari, Darius, and Jocelyn. Before getting into the forensic world, we had to set up our Code of Conduct that helps us stay accountable for one another. Be respectful. Be an active listener. Contribute to the activity. Be proactive. Finally, have fun! We started our first day responding to a question, “What do you think forensics is or what word could you come up with when you hear forensics?” All students had the exact same response: CSI and Fingerprints! Yes, it is. The fingerprints are a part of forensics. CSI is a part of it as well, but does not give enough clues of forensics. I was very glad that the students mentioned CSI. This summer in Forensic Investigators will be an amazing opportunity for all of us to find out the truth in forensics, not as seen in the show CSI. It has been such a wonderful week with amazing guest-scientists, Ms. Lisa Gilbert and Mr. Moses Boyd from Illinois State Police Department and a former news reporter Ms. Tracee from Free Spirit Media. Even with a fun visit to Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Lab added on our first week, we have tasted the real forensic world! Ms. Lisa Gilbert took us on a surprising forensic journey from a crime scene to the lab. From the lab to the court. Forensics has to be based up on the law. Like our students, most people think that forensics involves only the crime scene. Ms. Gilbert introduced the Criminal Justice System and her part at the court as an expert witness. No lies or changes […]
The 14th annual Girl’s Heath and Science day presented by Project Exploration brought nearly 200 elementary-age girls to the University of Chicago campus for a day of health and wellness. The students participated in information workshops that covered topics such as sexual identity, self defense, healthy eating and your digital footprint.
YSM student journalists had the opportunity to profile civil engineer Kelsey A. Taylor, P.E.
Over spring break 15 students, 1 instructor, 1 alum of Project Exploration and countless engineers from Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) convened at the Union League Boys and Girls Club to conquer Lego Mindstorms! Students learned the basics of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) used to program Web Pages. Terms such as tags, headers, body and more were explored. The boys quickly got the terminology and its functionality, embedding images, links, adjusting the color and size on their own webpages. A journal activity was included into the program to explore different topics. For this specific program we chose Fear, an emotion that could trigger solutions or numb us in matter of seconds. Boys starting by defining what is fear for them in a group discussion, then they were asked to list five of their own personal fears. Volunteer engineers from TCS lead students through coding and programming the robots they built in teams the previous day. Each team coded basic exercises such as moving it forward, backwards, then rotation. Features such as speed and motors control were explored as well. The goal this time was to use the basic features of the robot and follow a red path using a special feature these robots have which is a scanner capable of reading seven different colors. The Beatles team won one minute before the time was up. It was an emotional moment for everyone considering the fact that they had a couple of hours to familiarize with the software and this very last task was resolved by the kids themselves not volunteers involved. After a day of building their robot, then a day of programming the students had the final challenge. This time each robot’s team were to identify four different colors […]
Day one of the Spring STEM Exploration – goIT.
goIT is designed to provide students from different neighborhoods, schools, and ethnic backgrounds the ability to learn about robotics, programming, and html.
Student assistant Shelby recaps the S4S Spring Science Camp.
Project Exploration’s Youth Science and Media students at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School interview a scientist to dispel the popular myth, “We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brain.”
Project Exploration’s Youth Science and Media students at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School interview a scientist to dispel the popular myth, “You Can’t Drown a Plant.”
On February 28th, representatives from STEM OST networks, the Chicago Office of the Mayor, and a variety of local funding agencies at the Chicago Community Trust met for a review of the findings of the 2012 report, as well as a review of other local networks.
Buoyancy, gravity…..Investigation Badge!