GEMS World Academy Chicago
On February 1, 2016, GEMS World Academy Chicago began Project Empathy as a Service Learning Project for their 7th grade class (read their announcement here). That entire process was documented by Project Empathy, GEMS teachers, and the 7th graders themselves to give others who might wish to follow them a guide on how to do so.
We tried a lot of different things during the Spring semester and ultimately created the Project Empathy curriculum as a result of what worked and what didn't.
Course materials the were used are posted here with varying degrees of public visibility.
Listen to the podcasts produced by GEMS students documenting their work on Project Empathy.
Field Study at Outernet HQ
February 1, 2016
The first week of Project Empathy with GEMS Chicago 7th grade was a visit to Outernet headquarters in Chicago. The purpose was to provide an exciting introduction to the weeks ahead.
Outernet operates the satellite fleet that delivers content to places without Internet. Project Empathy began as an Outernet initiative before being spun off as its own non-profit focused on education. The visit to Outernet's offices gave students a taste for entrepreneurship, Raspberry Pi, and how Internet access is distributed around the world.
Hardware and Raspberry Pi
February 8 + 22, 2016
The second two weeks of Project Empathy - broken up by mid-winter break - introduced the students to hardware, particularly Raspberry Pi. During the field study at Outernet HQ, the students saw several applications of Raspberry Pi in prototypes and product development. This module was their chance to begin tinkering.
February 29, 2016
Overview of the basics of Intellectual Property.
March 7, 2016
Students led a discussion on "human universals" based on assigned reading. They also worked on the production of Episode 2 of the podcast. Coming soon (updated 6/22/16)
Skyping with Carl in Malawi
March 14, 2016
Coming soon (updated 6/22/16)
March 16 + 23, 2016
With all the fundamentals for becoming a Project Empathy editor, it was time to brainstorm exactly what to send from space.
Content Review with Malawi
April 14, 2016
After sending content via Project Empathy satellites, students had a chance to get feedback on the material they had sent.
Future of Project Empathy
May 2, 2016
Skype with Project EcoGrid
May 10, 2016