Space Clock is a wall clock that displays how much light is on each planet relative to the current time on earth. The planets are represented left to right (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune). Each planet moves through time at a different rate and this clock helps to illuminate the differences in the fourth dimension. Our aesthetics were inspired greatly from 2001: A Space Odyssey and we imagine this clock could be used on a similar spaceship to better relate to habitants in different planetary time-zones.
for Sculpting Data into Everyday Objects
NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program
NYC High School Dropouts is a data-driven installation representing the dropout rate of a cohort* of high schoolers between 2007-2011.
Each bead on the map represents one high school in New York City, placed in its geographic location. The length of the string represents how many students dropped out from that high school. A bead is glued at each end to hold the string in place and enable it to hang down. If there are multiple high schools at one location, extra beads are added.
We used Processing to parse and organize the data. Rhino was used to conceptualize the hanging beads and model the shelf from which the strings hang. We printed the shelf using the ZCorp 650 3D printer at NYU’s Advanced Media Studio. The cutting of string and gluing beads was done by hand.
The data was gathered and released by the New York City Department of Education**. For every high school in the city, the data tracked members of the class of 2011 starting from their enrollment in 2007. If at the end of the four year period the student has not graduated or is not still enrolled, he or she is considered to have dropped out.
Despite placing schools on the city map, the data tends to resist all-encompassing theories on school attendance. Comparing dropout rates based on borough, neighborhood income level, or race and ethnicity distribution showed no correlations. This may be the result of NYC DOE policy which allows students to attend schools far from their home.
Our findings are granular and raise more questions than they answer. For instance, what explains the disparity between Bushwick Community High School and the Academy of Environmental Leadership, with dropout rates of 41% and 16%, respectively? After all, the two schools are only a few blocks apart. Local and individual analysis of schools, rather than broad patterns, may provide better insight.
* The University of Minnesota’s National Center on Secondary Education and Transition lists three ways dropout rates can be calculated: the event rate, which measures dropouts in a single year; the status rate, which divides non-enrolled and non-graduated students of a certain age range by all members of that age range; and the cohort rate, which follows a specific group of students over a set period of time. The data represented here is the cohort rate over four years.
More at http://ncset.org/publications/essentialtools/dropout/part1.2.asp
** The data was collected by the New York City Department of Education and can be found at:
Valerie Chen and Erin Smith
Pair of 3D-Printed Rings in Gold-plated stainless steel
Circuitous Rings is a pair of complementary 3-D printed rings that brings awareness to the idea that there is still value in the things that we throw away. According to the EPA, electronic waste represents the fastest growing sector of the municipal waste stream in the United States. At the same time, the global demand for gold is growing and increasingly environmentally destructive tactics are being employed in order to keep mines flowing.
These two seemingly disparate global issues are brought together by the fact that there are actually significant quantities of precious metals contained in personal electronics. Nearly 3 tons of gold is contained in one year’s discarded cellphones, with an approximate value of $154 million dollars.
We designed two rings, one representing the earth as a source of gold and one representing cell phones as a source of gold. Each ring has a cube perched on top of the band – the relationship between their sizes represents how one ton of recycled cell phones produces 30 times the gold of one ton of mined gold ore.