The summer of 2019 was the third year for Radlab’s participation in the Upward Bound program. Students in this program must qualify for acceptance and are the first in their families to attend college. Over a five-week, four-days per week term, these students take a variety of courses that include both core subjects and electives. The Radlab’s elective course was entitled “Innovative IT.” Students in the course were selected by the Upward Bound program staff based on their interest in STEM/STEAM education. In 2019 we had one section of young women and one section of young men.
The course covered the following topics:
“Hologram” projectors to view 3D videos using Pepper’s Ghost technique by building a plastic structure used in conjunction with existing 3D videos;
Virtual reality experiences;
Creation of an augmented reality project about a person known in technology or science and present to the library;
Capture 360-degree photospheres of areas around campus;
Design thinking activity to create a prototype of a chair that corresponded to the needs of a “client.”;
Real-world design thinking activity;
Development of personalized skills for Amazon Alexa Dot;
Drone flight and programming using Scratch.
In addition, students were able to listen to presentations by Creighton staff members.
Students are provided with the materials for the projects which they are able to keep, take home, and continue their exploration. During previous years students have also built small robotic vehicles and Raspberry Pi computers.
The Radlab also offered a drone aviation course for students. In this program, students received a pro-consumer drone, were taught the FAA rules and regulations, learned how to fly drones, and took the FAA remote pilot exam to become professional drone pilots.
Radlab student interns assisted with all of the classes.
We look forward to future opportunities to work with Upward Bound.
High School and Elementary School Visitors
The Radlab has hosted a number of high school and elementary school students. During their visits we provide experiences appropriate to the age group. This has included virtual and augmented reality experiences, exposure to Sansar, the 3D virtual social platform, opportunity to fly mini drones, and XBox 360 games with Kinect Sensor displayed on a giant screen from a Canon projector. The purpose of these activities is to promote interest in technology fields for these students.
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
The Radlab has had the privilege of collaborating with the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on several occasions. This has included two years with the Drone Expo where the Radlab hosted tables and sponsored mini drone flights for children. In addition, the Radlab has participated in a summer camp for children where the Radlab presented and assisted.
Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) and the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity (CPHHE) sponsored their second hackathon. Teams of three students developed proposals on how technology could be used to address public health problems related to mental health disparities. These groups submitted abstracts that were used to select qualified applicants for the hackathon. The selected groups consisted of college students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels as well as one high school group.
With the pandemic, the two-day hackathon was conducted virtually through Zoom. Participants collaborated with each other and consulted with mentors in breakout rooms, and presented their proposals to the judges, mentors, and other participants.
Judging also transpired through Zoom as well as the presentation of awards. A rubric was used to judge the ideas from each group with scoring guidelines of 40% on public health impact, 20% on business potential, 20% on innovation and ambition,10% on quality including user interface, and 10% on presentation.
The Radlab was asked to assist again with this Hackathon. In addition to attending meetings and providing support, two of the five mentors were from the Radlab as well as a former Radlab intern, currently working in Creighton's IT. Shelley Schafer, Strategic IT Communications Lead for the Division of Information Technology, served as one of the judges.
Due to its realistic proposal and great presentation, the high school student group won first place with their Brightside app proposal.
Meetings for the 2021 Hackathon are in progress.