Smart Lamps for Energy Engineers
The Energy Engineers Pilot Program at Dunne Technology Academy, a program of RDCEP and the Computation Institute (one of HAL’s main sponsors) recently wrapped up. Students were tasked with building and programming the desk lamps’ Raspberry Pi controllers, which permitted the lights to respond to data streams.
This project grew out of earlier CI work which used Loop Lamps as a way to integrate technology into the high school classroom. The project offered “a rare combination of building and coding, exposing students to new industries that will be increasingly important to future employment in Chicago and elsewhere”, according to the CI website.
Prototype Loop Lamps were fabricated on HAL’s VLS 6.60 laser cutter using various colors of acrylic sheet.