Experimental Station Web Optimization

The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. TechTeam is implementing a series of optimizations on Experimental Station's website to increase visibility and web traffic from paid (using Google AdWords) and unpaid (search engine) results.

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Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory is a nonprofit organization that identifies, preserves and enhances the natural, historical and cultural assets of Lincoln Park. TechTeam is using ArcGIS to digitize the floor plan and location of plants in the conservatory building. The product will be used for internal staff usage, and will help improve the process of updating records during plant exhibit relocation within the conservatory.

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Career Advancement Web Scraping

TechTeam is working on creating a directory of job listings from different companies and organizations through the web scraping of websites given by UChicago Career Advancement. Using Beautiful Soup, a Python library, our team is able to extract specific information from each page and compile it in a spreadsheet to be passed on at the end of the quarter.

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Experimental Station: Blackstone Bicycle Works Web App

Blackstone Bicycle Works is a community bike shop and youth education program of the Experimental Station. The mission of Blackstone is to provide educational and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods. Blackstone is structured as a retail, full-service bike shop that offers an "earn and learn," hands-on bicycle mechanics curriculum to its participants. TechTeam is working to create a web app that would allow students to check-in/check-out when they volunteer their time, an easier hour-tracking method than paper logs. This web app will also include the tracking of the youths' skills and achievement levels. Storing this information with Google Firebase, our team is working on grabbing this data and placing it on their Squarespace website.

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Chicago Department of Public Health

As a continuation from last year, TechTeam built an app using React Native for the Chicago Department of Public Health. This app would provide Chicago-based medical providers a means of quickly looking up conditions for diseases, find the time frame for reporting, the numbers for who to call, and guidance on whether they need to submit an isolate to the lab.

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