Diversity-focused integration of research and education

Extern soldering
A SIParCS extern solders a Raspberry Pi-based WeatherPi sensor.

As part of its diversity strategy, CISL provides hands-on integrated research and education experiences to students from diverse backgrounds.

One important way this is done is through the SIParCS program. For its second year offering SIParCS externship projects, CISL attracted a team of three students from MSIs and one non-traditional student. This year’s project was again based on low-cost Raspberry Pi computers, a technology that lowers the barrier to access HPC technologies for students from under-served colleges and universities.

The team worked to build an end-to-end weather information system, including weather sensors, a data cloud, a MySQL database server/client system and webserver with web interface for displaying the data – all based on the Raspberry Pi system. This system, named Pi-in-the-Sky, brought students together from Jacksonville State University, Claflin College, Hampton University, and Philander Smith College.

The 11-week project was funded with NSF core funds.