Space Explorers Program

The Space Explorers Program is a part of the Upward Program at the University of Chicago which aims to help under-privileged minority high school students to become first-generation college students. Located at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), the Space Explorers Program represents a physics enrichment component, one out of many others to provide the students with the necessary academic and personal development support they need.

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2014 – 2015 Space Explorers Program

During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, I designed and taught a 25-week curriculum of physics experiments and robotics projects for a class of about 15 students. See curriculum below.

  • 2014 – 2015 Saturday Classes:
    • Rotational Motion (Fall)
      •  Labs: battery powered car, levers, etc.
    • Robotics (Winter & Spring)
      • Introduction: LegoMindstorm and RobotC
      • Navigation: velocity, power, displacement, turning
      • Sensors: touch/ultrasonic/infrared/color sensors; decision making using booleans, while loops, if else, switch, etc.
      • User Interface: text/sound messages, input based decision
    • Student Projects

I also led a team of graduate students, post-docs and faculty members to design and teach two full-immersion science experiences at the historic Yerkes Observatory: