Alex Revelle, a senior at Durham School of the Arts, has turned his interest in computational science into support of others which earned him the student leadership award. Alex partnered with Digital Durham, a research project that shows the history of Durham through comparisons with modern day Durham. His team put their programming knowledge to use by integrating maps of historic Durham with maps of present-day Durham. By doing so, his team showed how technology could make the history of Durham more accessible to the community.

He also works on Shodor’s Computing MATTERS program, which offers workshops for under-represented students in SMT related fields. As a peer teacher, he improved lesson plans by adding his own modifications and focused on the students in every aspect of his instruction. His approach was successful, and students enjoyed learning through innovative, exciting, and interactive lessons. In addition Alex taught a forensics workshop where students solved a mock mystery given to them. Through this, students learned skills ranging from computational chemistry to graphics.