A Place to Make a Difference
Today's students are motivated to make a difference—and what better way to do that than to study sustainable living?
Our program allows students of all backgrounds and interest levels to engage in inspiring projects.
- For-credit elective course in smart home structure design
- Non-credit house course on sustainable living
- Independent study for-credit projects
- The Smart Home Fellows program
- Support for NAE Grand Challenge Scholars
Projects do not need to be focused on The Home Depot Smart Home—it is a resource and testbed. Our students pursue projects that interest and inspire them, and that address sustainable living in any number of ways.
The Smart Home Club
The Duke Smart Home Club is open to students from all academic backgrounds. Through the club, students do hands-on project work and learn project management and communication skills.
Rebecca Lai, who won the Grand Prize and First Place People’s Award for her video “Seed,” is a sophomore Angier B. Duke Scholar double majoring in computer science and visual arts.
“For me, exploring science with the arts is kind of like entering a new world. I was very inspired by the whole Alice in Wonderland, Narnia concept. My video is about a girl who enters into this new and fantastic place through STEAM.”
Ani Mohan is studying electrical engineering. He has a passion for technology entrepreneurship. At the Smart Home, he’s been working on a smart refrigerator.
“One of the things that is motivating to me is that whatever I do have a lot of impact, and being able to tie my work to that impact is very satisfying.”