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National Day of Civic Hacking focuses on ECHO lights project

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Saturday, you can help design a new lighting project at ECHO as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.

This week, volunteers worked to build these cubes full of LED lights... 52,000 of them! They are heading to the front windows of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

Each light can be programmed individually, which means educators can use them to visualize scientific concepts that might be hard to understand.

"What we're going to be doing over the summer is bringing lake science data around blue green algae, or waves and weather, that kind of thing and building really interesting narratives to help tell those stories in a way that are really easy to relate to and entertaining," says project manager Rachel Hooper.

They started working on this project in March. It's funded by a Google Grant.

This weekend, they need your help! They want input from artists, educators, programmers on how to best convey those big-data pictures. There won't be much coding, so if that's not your specialty, don't worry!

If you're interested, they're meeting at 9 a.m. at ECHO and will split off into groups to work as teams. Then, they will regroup again at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit: http://codeforbtv.org/events/2015/06/national-day-of-civic-hacking/

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