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UIC Project INCLUDES

The INCLUDES program is joining the community and organizations in Pilsen with a Participatory Action Research project on lead in drinking water. Read more about lead in drinking water and INCLUDES. See events to know where we'll be and when to distribute and pick up water sampling kits. Join the mailing list to stay up-t0-date on news and events.

El programa INCLUDES se está uniendo a la comunidad y las organizaciones en Pilsen con un proyecto de investigación participativa sobre el plomo en el agua potable. Lea más sobre el plomo en el agua potable e INCLUDES. Vea eventos para saber dónde estaremos y cuándo distribuir y recoger kits de muestreo de agua. Únase a la lista de correo para mantenerse informado sobre noticias y eventos.


How science and advocacy can be used for making Pilsen healthier!

The Pilsen community has been loud and clear about concerns about lead in the water! Several community organizations are already addressing this by community meetings with experts, giving out free faucet filters, and water testing kits. People in Pilsen are also concerned that construction sites are disturbing or replacing water pipes can contaminate water with lead.

UIC wants to help in this effort, and the INCLUDES program is joining the community and organizations with a Participatory Action Research project on lead in drinking water. Participatory Action Research means that we are partnering with the community (the participants) to work together to develop a research plan and carry it out—and we need your help!

UIC INCLUDES wants to investigate this issue using a three-step approach:

Step 1. Collect baseline water data. People in the community will collect water from their home kitchen faucets first thing in the morning with cold water, then with hot water, and then after letting the water run for two minutes. By looking at about 100 samples from different homes, we will study if there is more lead in hot versus cold water, or if running the water for two minutes reduces the lead level. This is information everyone can use in their homes!

Step 2. More people in the community will collect water samples that identify location and time of collection. We will use this data, together with maps of construction sites, or water main replacement sites, to look for links between lead levels and nearby construction sites.

Step 3. We will meet with the community to decide how to use this information. This might mean an information campaign in the neighborhood to remind people to run their water for two minutes, or it might mean contacting the aldermen and other government officials. The purpose of this project is to use science to drive advocacy for the community, and ultimately to make Pilsen a safer, healthier, better place to live!

 

¡Cómo se puede utilizar la ciencia y la defensa para hacer más saludable a Pilsen!

La comunidad de Pilsen ha sido fuerte y clara acerca de las preocupaciones sobre el plomo en el agua! Varias organizaciones comunitarias ya están abordando esto por medio de reuniones comunitarias con expertos, entregando filtros de grifería gratuitos y kits de prueba de agua. Las personas en Pilsen también se preocupan de que los sitios de construcción son perturbadores o reemplazar las tuberías de agua puede contaminar el agua con plomo.

UIC quiere ayudar en este esfuerzo, y el programa INCLUDES se está uniendo a la comunidad y organizaciones con un proyecto de Investigación de Acción Participativa sobre el plomo en el agua potable. Investigación de Acción Participativa significa que estamos colaborando con la comunidad (los participantes) para trabajar juntos para desarrollar un plan de investigación y llevarlo a cabo—¡y necesitamos su ayuda!

UIC INCLUDES quiere investigar este problema usando un enfoque de tres pasos:

Paso 1. Recopile los datos del agua de la línea de base. La gente en la comunidad recogerá el agua de los grifos de la cocina de su casa a primera hora de la mañana con agua fría, luego con agua caliente y luego después de dejar correr el agua durante dos minutos. Al mirar alrededor de 100 muestras de diferentes hogares, estudiaremos si hay más plomo en agua caliente versus agua fría, o si ejecutar el agua durante dos minutos reduce el nivel de plomo. Esta es la información que todos pueden usar en sus hogares!

Paso 2. Más personas en la comunidad recolectarán muestras de agua que identifiquen la ubicación y el momento de la recolección. Utilizaremos estos datos, junto con mapas de sitios de construcción, o sitios de reemplazo de agua principal, para buscar enlaces entre los niveles de plomo y los sitios de construcción cercanos.

Paso 3. Nos reuniremos con la comunidad para decidir cómo usar esta información. Esto podría significar una campaña de información en el vecindario para recordarle a la gente que maneje su agua por dos minutos, o podría significar ponerse en contacto con los regidores y otros funcionarios del gobierno. El propósito de este proyecto es utilizar la ciencia para impulsar la defensa de la comunidad y, finalmente, hacer de Pilsen un lugar más seguro, saludable y mejor para vivir.

 

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Lisa Lynn, Project Director

lsteve5@uic.edu

A participatory action research project

UIC INCLUDES is a participatory action research project designed to engage communities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF launched the INCLUDES program (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) to make sure that people from all across our society (all races, all genders, all sexual orientations, all physical ability/disability levels, etc.) are included in the future of STEM in the USA. You can learn more about NSF INCLUDES here.

We are developing and facilitating activities designed to engage under-represented students in learning how and why STEM is relevant to their lives, approached through new and non-traditional educational dimensions.

We are currently looking for scientists, educators, and members of Chicago's Pilsen/Little Village community to join our partnership.

Project objectives


PILOT ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP

In fall 2016, we are working to create a broad-based, diverse group of partners including community organizations, K-12 educators, university and community college students and educators, and local industry.


COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, we will recruit students at UIC and Malcolm X from the Pilsen/Little Village communities, who will act as tutors, facilitators, and liaisons at the Community STEM Advocacy Center.


COMMUNITY STEM ADVOCACY CENTER

In early 2017, we will work with the Pilot Alliance Partnership to set up a physical Community STEM Advocacy Center where Pilot Alliance Partners, students, and community members will work together as co-researchers on a scientific inquiry project.


EVALUATION

Our long-term goal is to increase the number of girls and students of color who remain in the STEM "pipeline" and eventually choose STEM careers. In the short term, we will evaluate the effectiveness of the program by asking students about their interest and confidence in STEM subjects and careers.


integrate stem in interdisciplinary spaces

In early 2017, we will partner with higher education and middle-school educators to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum that parallels the work of the Community STEM Advocacy Center. By situating STEM in humanities and social sciences, young people can see how STEM disciplines apply to practical, social, political, and economic issues.


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

This pilot project takes place in Pilsen/Little Village. Based on what we learn developing the project there, in future years our goal will be to expand to other, different communities in Chicago and beyond.