The Array of Things isn’t just a city-scale scientific instrument, but an educational platform as well. Students working with AoT data and building their own sensor boxes can receive valuable hands-on experience with technology, programming, data analysis, and the scientific method. Since 2016, the Array of Things project has created and refined an educational curriculum called “Lane of Things” at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, introducing over 450 students to sensor and data science projects.
This coming year, with a fourth round of funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Lane of Things will officially expand into a broader “School of Things” project, bringing the AoT-inspired curriculum to a larger group of teachers and schools. The new approach started this summer with a week-long professional development workshop for 11 Chicago middle and high school teachers, taught by the Lane of Things project team.
Across Chicago, more than 100 Array of Things nodes currently collect data on temperature, humidity, air pressure, magnetic field, vibration, light and air quality, publishing the results openly for scientists, city officials and residents to use. With Lane Tech, AoT researchers have developed a pilot educational program to bring the project into schools as well, using off-the-shelf devices to help students create their own smaller version of the sensor network.
While the first two years of the workshop, called “Lane of Things,” deployed student-built sensors in the hallways of Lane Tech, this year’s partnership with the Chicago Cubs presented a much higher-profile experimental setting. Students quizzed team representatives on their most pressing questions, designed custom devices for measuring sound, weather and customer satisfaction, and installed the sensors around the ballpark in late May.
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today the winners of the Midwest IoT Innovation Awards. Nominated and selected by the ITA’s IoT Council, the awards were designed to highlight leaders in the Midwest IoT community, award excellence in the development and adoption of IoT innovations and send a strong message about the strength of the Midwest IoT ecosystem.
The winners will be recognized at The Sixth Annual IoT Summit, presented by CDW, in Chicago on Nov. 27-28 at The W Chicago City Center, 172 W. Adams Street.
IoT Advancement - Government/Academia/Non-profit: This award will go to a public sector organization that is enhancing our IoT ecosystem either through the development of IoT solutions or their implementation. Strong candidates in this category will be pushing the envelope of IoT itself or applying IoT to public sector process to drive better outcomes. Winner: The Array of Things
From wildfire smoke to traffic pollutants, air quality sensors track data to help city leaders make informed interventions, and their use across cities is growing.
Cities including Chicago, Seattle and Portland, OR have launched air quality sensor pilot programs. Chicago’s project began this year as part of its Array of Things (AoT) connected urban sensor program. The city currently has 100 devices installed and an additional 100 will be operational by year’s end, on the way to the ultimate goal of 500.
The existing units measure “seven different gases including ozone, carbon dioxide and nitrogen by using experimental electrochemical gas sensors. They also have particulate matter sensors,” Charlie Catlett, senior computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, told Smart Cities Dive.