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Technology Rediscovery - Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Summer Data Camp July, 2018

About Data Project: Summer 2018

Partnering with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) based in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Technology Rediscovery LLC and eight high school/college-bound students are investigating youth-related marketing strategies of big tobacco companies.

Content links

Findings &Research profiles

Each of the eight summer researchers maintains a professional profile and research findings log using google drive.









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CIT-111: Introduction to Programming Java

CIT-111: Course Essentials

CIT-111: Sections at CCAC - Spring 2018

CCAC West Hills (Sec. : Mon/Wed 11:50-1:155p
Room S2113 | First class: 29 Jan
OnLine: 29 Jan - 6 May 2018
View the Weekly learning guide

Cross-Module Resources

Student Feedback!

CCAC Misc Resources

Content and Exercise Modules

Each link connects to you a module, which is a tutorial-like document containing objectives, documentation, examples, and exercises. For current courses, relevant modules are ALSO cross-linked in the course's respective session guides.

Chunk 1: Java Language Core

Chunk 2: Language Structures

Chunk 3: Object-Oriented Java!

SP18 Final Project: The Object Project

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CIT-100: Computer Fundamentals Online

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Course Toolbox

The toolbox contains important course due dates, the course syllabus, work submission instructions, and final project info.

Week-to-week work involves choosing a module from the menu on the right, creating something interesting, and sharing it.

Steps for work submission & sharing

Step 1: Follow the universal submission guide to prepare your work, then upload it to the appropriate cloud drive directory with this link:

Step 2: Make sure you get credit for your work by making a single line entry in this spreadsheet for each module or project (enjoy the practice!):

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Module Self-Serve Menu

Each week during the course:
1) Choose a module from the menu
2) Set aside a few hours to learn and tinker and
3) Share what you made (look left <--).

Recent Updates

Final project guide video!

Posted on 29 April, 2018

View final project info

Databases 1 Module added (finally!)

Posted on 29 April, 2018

Here's the introductory video cross-listed from the module's core concept section

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FALL 2018 Schedule and Contact Info

Eric Darsow is the assigned instructor for the following CCAC courses in the Fall of 2018. Register soon at CCAC! Class seats are getting sucked up faster than an acorn rolling down a hen-house roof !
All courses listed below are full-term and start on 4 SEP and run until 10 DEC. The section number is in (parens).

CIT-100: Computer Fundamentals

Online: No face-to-face meetings required
CIT-100-Z03N (0332853) Comp Fund/Applictn

CIT-111: Intro to Programming with Java

North Campus: Wednesday evenings, 6-9:10pm
CIT-111-NC71 (0331885) Intro to Prog: Java
West Hills: Mondays/Wednesdays 11:50-1:55pm
CIT-111-WH32 (0331887) Intro to Prog: Java

CIT-130: Object-Oriented Programming 1

West Hills: Mondays/Wednesdays 2:05-4:15pm
CIT-130-WH31 (0336583) Obj-Orient Prog 1/Java

CIT-115: Introduction to Info Tech

West Hills: Mondays/Wednesdays 10:10-11:40am
CIT-115-WH31 (0331895) Intro to Information Tech

CIT-129: Python 2: Algorithms and more

North Campus: Tuesdays 6-9:10pm
CIT-129-NC71 (0336652) Python 2 Alg Mod DP

DAT-102: Introduction to Data Analytics

North Campus: Mondays 6-9:10pm
DAT-102-NC61 (0339888) Int Data Analytics

Phone Contact

Technology Rediscovery Shop Landline:

Please leave a message if your call is not answered and mention a good time to call back.

Mobile (Limited Use)

Use for "emergencies" only; please do not leave a voicemail message; texts may not be read: 412-923-9907

Snail Mail

CIT Department, North Campus
attn: Eric Darsow
Community College of Allegheny County
8701 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5353

Come visit!

Classes are considered semi-public spaces and all visitors are welcome to schedule a time to visit using the contact information in this sesction

Electronic Mail

Please prioritize in-person and real-time phone conversation over email. If you insist, or your communication falls under one of the following email use cases, you may reach me at edarsow (at)

Email Use Cases:

document transfer, exchange of complicated web links, exchange of program files, distribution of system access instructions & passwords.

CCAC Class Schedule (Spring 2018)

West Hills | 11:00-11:50 am | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 11:50-01:50 pm | CIT-111 Java | rm rm S2113
North Camp | 05:00-06:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
North Camp | 06:00-09:10 pm | CIT-129 Python 2 | rm 1026
West Hills | 11:50-01:50 pm | CIT-111 Java | rm S2113
West Hills | 1-2 pm | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 05:00-06:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm S2113
West Hills | 06:00-09:10 pm | CIT-100 Comp | rm S2113
North Camp | 09:00-12:00 pm | CIT-115 IT | rm TBD
North Camp | Noon-1:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
North Camp | 01:00-04:00 pm | DAT-102 Data 1 | rm 1026
North Camp | 04:00-05:00 pm | "Office hours" | rm 1026
World Wide Web | CIT-100 Comp
World Wide Web | CIT-111 Java

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DAT: 102 - Intro to Data Analytics

Diving into the somewhat mystical process of converting rows and columns of numbers into useful information for decision making of all kinds: persona, business, organizational, and more.

Cross-Module Resources

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CIT-129 - Programming Python 2

For those truly inspired by the pythonic order, students in this course will continue their studies for a second semester and unearth the hidden treasures of today's uncannily popular programming language: Python.

Core Resources

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"Letter Grades"

Technolgy Rediscovery credit-course grading approach, past grade issuance documentation, and examples of student-submitted recommendation cards completed for various classes.

CCAC Genearal

Materials and guest responses created during a 10-minute address at the opening of the Community College of Allegheny County's Innovation Lab classroom.

Teaching: Guides and Philosophy

Various teaching resources, broadly applicable for student audiences in high school, community colleges, and organizations
Workshop delivered at CCAC's college-wide assessment day exploring methods for gathering student learning data and reacting to that data all in the course of a single lesson.
A companion to the assessment process underway for CCAC's associates degree in computer information systems (050.3) which prepares students for transfer into a four-year IT-related degree program. A Java-medium exam instrument, this document details test items, preliminary results, and plans for course revisions based on assessment data.
[Late-stage draft under development] High-stakes, point-scored test often erodes learning culture by entangling the exploration of interesting content with stress-inducing point-based grading systems. This document describes an assessment system that expands the traditionally test-centered approach to include informal, frequent micro-assessments.
Teaching Portfolio (June 2017):Lesson activities, unit plans, reflections on student work, and sample learning objective evaluation matrices.. 89 pages with extensive Table of Contents (PDF)
Curriculum Guide (Computer Mapping, 2017):Community-oriented digital mapping: The YES high School summer scholars program (PDF | 30-pages | 10.2mb). Structured around a two-month community-based research program, this guide provides unit- and lesson-level objectives and assessment measures appropriate for students learning computer mapping fundamentals.
"White paper" (2016):Data Fluency for Organizations - Key Principles (PDF) Derived from work on various projects relating to digital information processing, data visualization, and "data-based" decision making.
Curriculum Guide (HS College Prep, 2014):College and Career Readiness (high school course) unit plan, unit schedule, lesson objectives, and a sample lesson plan. (PDF) Prepared for the College Readiness Department of Achievement First Charter Schools in New Haven, CT.

Break content

Loretta's explorations of a technologyrediscovery benefactor gift box from Cheryl Darsow.

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Carpentry and Electronic Projects

Choose the one right tool. If turns out to be the wrong one, try another...and so forth.
Roof Garden Transport System (RGTS): Funicular 1 construction profile and specifications. Feb 2017. A somewhat exhaustive construction profile for this project including a bunch of diagrams, photos, and technical design notes.
Project report: Linux network design and implementation, CentOS server configuration, network security | Fall 2015 (PDF) Full project description complete with network diagram, configuration guides, and learning process reflections.

Technology Rediscovery Artists-in-residence

Ferro-fluid is a liquid that produces interesting shapes in response to magnetic fields. This adventure involves creating these magnetic fields with electro magnets controlled by a miniature computer. Artist-in-residence Craig M. Darsow is tentatively scheduled to conduct his residency during Summer 2018.

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Municipal Code Enforcement Database

The Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments has partnered with Technology Rediscovery to implement an open source code enforcement database application which was planed and designed in the Fall of 2016 at CMU. The project is mid-way into beta design and has a scheduled beta testing phase a the end of 2017

Project Source Code (JavaServer Faces)

Project Source repository on GitHub: Developing repo for project code, implemented in JavaServer Faces with a PostgreSQL back end. Actively seeking developers interested in working on this open source project who have experience with front-end development.

Explore the beta version of the system: Not yet encrypted


Project tools & Technology Links


YES Summer Research Program: Lead exposure in Lincoln-Lemington

Pittsburgh, PA (Summer 2017)

Directed by the East-Liberty Nonprofit organization: Youth Enrichment Services (YES), students in the summer research program investigate the extent of lead exposure (great wikipedia article) in the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood and organize community action to reduce exposure. This section features content relevant to the mapping task team which Eric advises weekly.
Mapping module curriculum guide and teaching reflections (PDF | 30-pages | 10.2mb)Discussion of mapping-related skills taught and activities implemented during 40 hours of student sessions during July and August 2017 including: suggested lesson content, student work, reflections, and tool profiles.
Student outcomes matrix and proposed content extension (PDF | 7-pages | 90kb) Students developed skills in the following domains: academic research, field data gathering and analysis, and geospatial information tools. Each domain is broken down into knowledge and skill areas with a record of achievements and future learning suggestions.
Quick "1-Pager": High School summer community action research program -- Mapping component (PDF 453kb)Brief glance at the skills developed by the mapping team working on the larger lead(Pb) research program. Includes screen shots of final map products and lessons learned.
Summer research program overview (Published by YES; PDF)

External Resource Links

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Home Improvement 101

Zoom through many of the major topics in home repair, drawing on the hard-earned wisdom of the student and instructor. With hands-on practice, familiarize yourself with fasteners, material types, sheetrock basics, electricity, plumbing, and working with contractors.

Course Info:

OSHER Lifelong Learning
Summer 2017 | 19 May - 23 Jun 2017 | Fridays 3:15-5:15 pm
OSHER classroom, CMU Hunt Library (Completed)

Learning Materials


Melda Scientific

Introduction to Computerized Mapping (CCAC LND-201, Sp 17)

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule and class session links

Great student work artifacts

Final Project Guidelines

ESRI Online - For building a story on ArcGIS online

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