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Code Green: Addressing Education and Food Access in Atlanta

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Case Study presentation: Code Green: Addressing Education and Food Access in Atlanta
Ms. Nicole Kennard, RCE Greater Atlanta
11th Global RCE Conference
7-9 December, 2018
Cebu, the Philippines

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Code Green: Addressing Education and Food Access in Atlanta

  1. 1. CODE GREEN Nicole Kennard RCE Greater Atlanta Addressing education and food access in Atlanta
  2. 2. Atlanta, Georgia, USA Population 472,522 Metro Area 4.5 Million
  3. 3. Demographics of Atlanta (Statistical Atlas, 2018) Race & Ethnicity (% of total population)
  4. 4. Racial Segregation in Atlanta White (as % of the population) Black (as % of the population) (Statistical Atlas, 2018)
  5. 5. Food Deserts Low income communities at least one mile from the nearest supermarket Communities where a significant number of residents do not have access to a vehicle (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2015)
  6. 6. % of Students Enrolled in Private Schools Educational Disparities % of Students in Gifted Program (Neighborhood Nexus, 2016)(Statistical Atlas, 2018)
  7. 7. (Statistical Atlas, 2018) % Population with Post-Secondary Degree Educational Disparities % Population 25+ with no High School Diploma
  8. 8. Economic Disparities Employment by Educational Attainment Median Household Income by Race (Statistical Atlas, 2018)
  9. 9. Computer Science in Georgia… $90,913 average salary 20,984 open computing jobs (Georgia Department of Education, 2015; Code.org, 2017) Only 1,496 CS graduates…
  10. 10. Computer Science in High Schools High schools are NOT required to offer computer science Only 25% (154 schools) offer advanced placement CS (Code.org, 2017)
  11. 11. Computer Science in High Schools 3,856 AP Computer Science Exams 518,658 High School Students (Code.org, 2017)
  12. 12. Computer Science in High Schools 3,856 AP Computer Science Exams 3,856 AP Computer Science Exams 8.9% Hispanic9.2% Black (Code.org, 2017)
  13. 13. Code Green Addressing education and food access in Atlanta • Challenge • Prominence of food deserts and lack of equal educational opportunities in south Atlanta • Mission • Teach K-12 students computer science by coding sensors to automate hydroponic systems • Develop a curriculum and DIY hydroponic kit that can be easily transferred to teachers and taught in high schools and community youth education platforms
  14. 14. Addressing the SDGs
  15. 15. Multi-stakeholder Engagement Nonprofits Higher Education K-12 Education Industry Urban Farms
  16. 16. Advantages of Code Green Addressing education and food access in Atlanta • Learn about computer science, environmental science, sustainability, and local food systems in a holistic manner • Hands-on learning • Physical product • Student ownership • Ties in with other subjects • Systems-thinking, design, and analysis • Practical skills • Learn how technology can be used for social change
  17. 17. Coding Introduction Lectures if <condition 1>: Do action 1 Do action 2 elif <condition 2>: Do action 3 Do action 4 elif <condition 3>: …. elif <condition n>: …. else: Do fallback thing print("Enter the name of a vegetable:", end="") vegetable = input() if vegetable == "lettuce": print(vegetable + " color is green.") print(vegetable + " is a moderately good source of vitamin C. ") elif vegetable == "banana": print(vegetable + " color is yellow.") print(vegetable + " has no fat, sodium, or cholesterol ") elif vegetable == "apple" : print(vegetable + " color is red.") print(vegetable + " are a good source of fiber.") else: print("Sorry, we don't have information about " + vegetable + ".") print("That's all folks!")
  18. 18. How it works if water level < 20 : switch water on elif water level > 23 : switch water off if pH > 6 : dispense acid elif pH < 5.5 : dispense base Sensors take in data from hydroponic system every 30 minutes. Sensors are connected to Arduino or Raspberry Pi (mini computer) which process data inputs through code. Based on input data, a response is generated or not generated.
  19. 19. Pilot Class • Benjamin Mays High School • AP Environmental Science • Main takeaways: • More basic introductions to principles behind CS • Linking coding with practical uses • Alternate between coding / hydroponics lessons • Long term goals: apps!
  20. 20. Long-term Goals Benjamin Mays High School - agricultural technology track Integration with urban farms (Friends of Refugees) Reworking of curriculum for multiple grade levels and different classes Connected internship program with industry (Google, MailChimp) Open source – teachers teach teachers / online training
  21. 21. References • Atlanta Journal Constitution (2015) Metro Atlanta food deserts. Available at: https://www.myajc.com/news/food-deserts-map/ (Accessed: 13 November 2018). • Code.org (2017) Support K-12 Computer Science Education in Georgia. https://code.org/advocacy/state-facts/GA.pdf (Accessed: 13 November 2018). • Cox, B. (2018) ‘Computer Science’, Georgia Department of Education. Available at: http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Computer-Science.aspx (Accessed: 13 November 2018). • Neighborhood Nexus (2016) Metro Atlanta Census Tracts. Available at: http://neighborhoodnexus.org/maps-and-data/maps/main-census-tract-map/ (Accessed: 11 November 2018). • Statistical Atlas (2018) ‘Overview of Atlanta City School District, Georgia’, https://statisticalatlas.com/school-district/Georgia/Atlanta-City-School-District/Overview (Accessed: 13 November 2018). • Staples, G.B. (2015) ‘Starving for nutrition: Poor diets and inaccessibility to healthy foods are creating a crisis of chronic disease’, Atlanta Journal Constitution. http://investigations.myajc.com/fooddeserts/?icmp=AJC_internallink_03092015_mysitet ease_fooddesertsone
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