A new public-private initiative called the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) has launched a portal to visualize geographic data on various climate change impacts, including projected droughts, rainfall, and hot days. Though it's still in the beta stage, the interactive map has the potential to be a useful tool for understanding how these impacts will affect our environment.
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Though many STEM literacy initiatives seem to be focused on young people, those in their grandparents' age bracket also need training on new technology. I was pleased to read about Microsoft Chicago's new program, DigiSeniors, which provides educational resources for this growing demographic and is currently seeking instructors to kick off the effort.
The Array of Things project, led by the Urban Center for Computation and Data, kicks off this summer with the installation of sensors across Chicago, which will collect data and make it available for public research and innovation. It's is part of a larger trend towards more evidence-based decision-making in cities, and will hopefully put Chicago on the map as a leader in this emerging field.
Archeworks, a one-of-a-kind public design hub based in Chicago, is now accepting applicants for its fall certificate program. This year's projects, Self <> City and Social Construction, will give students the opportunity to partner with leading institutions for hands-on urban design projects.