We had an amazing time at Spring STEM Launch. Students from four CPS high schools (Chicago Vocational Career Academy, Lake View, Michele Clark, and Rickover Naval Academy) joined us on the Truman College’s campus to create a stop motion film using Raspberry Pi and LEGOs.

Spring STEM launch started off with a brief overview of Raspberry PI’s from our two workshop leaders, Mike Davis, Professor of Chemistry at Truman College, and Ryan Kamphuis, a 5th year Chemistry and Secondary Education student at IIT.  Students were given the task to make a stop motion animation movie that includes a Raspberry Pi and a camera module to take pictures with a push button connected to the Pi’s (General Purpose Input Output) pins to act as a trigger. Students were able to control the animation machine by writing code in Python. Students were able to use LEGOs to animate a tower being built, figures acting out a scene, or anything that came to mind!

It was great to welcome new and returning STEM Launch students to campus. We are looking forward to our next program in the Summer. Stay posted for details!

-Jacqueline Bautista Senior at Lake View High School, Student Intern at IIT


Students working with Raspberry Pi
Students working with Raspberry Pi
Students creating stop motion film using Legos
Students creating short film using LEGOs








Spring STEM Launch: Creating Push Button Stop Motion at Truman College