Digital East St. Louis, a three-year, NSF-funded project, engaged students in grades 6-9 in the creation of a content-rich, digital humanities website about the history and culture of their city.

A collaboration between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s STEM Center and the IRIS Center for the Digital Humanities, the program, which met for five weeks during the summer and for sixteen Saturdays during the school year, encouraged newfound interest in technology among African American students via a place-based approach to the digital humanities.

Students learned about their city while gaining valuable technological skills, including:

  • Videography
  • Video Editing
  • Web Design and Development
  • Sound Editing
  • Podcasting
  • Computer Programming
  • Metadata Standards


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