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Innovative Illustrations of Climate Change in the Classroom

Primary Investigators:
Akos Ledeczi
Brief Description of Project:
The goal of the research project is to develop innovative projects that simultaneously raise awareness about climate change and teach computer science in high schools. NetsBlox is an educational visual programming environment specifically designed to introduce advanced computing concepts to novices. For a 3-min introduction to NetsBlox, watch this video. The project aims to 1) identify interesting online data sources and services that can be used to quantify climate change, 2) extend NetsBlox to be able to access these, and 3) devise corresponding innovative projects that novice programmers can create in NetsBlox. For example, a simple example project shows carbon dioxide concentrations as a function of temperature variations for the past 800,000 years from ice core measurements from Antarctica and the past 100 years from other data sources.

Desired Qualifications: 
Software development experience

Nature of Supervision:
PI and Graduate Student
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Weeks 1-2: Background Research
Weeks 3-4: Design
Weeks 5-9: Implementation 
Week 10: Write-up and Documentation

Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Akos Ledeczi
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science