MOOC on Nanotechnology – Starts March 3

Nanotechnology and Nanosensors

Learn about novel sensing tools that make use of nanotechnology to screen, detect and monitor various events in personal or professional life. Together, we will lay the groundwork for infinite innovative applications, starting from diagnosis and treatments of diseases, continuing with quality control of goods and environmental aspects, and ending with monitoring security issues.

MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

BDPA Seeks IT Showcase Presenters from Chicago Public Schools




JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis IN

Conference Dates: August 5-9, 2014

J, we are seeking talented high school and college students from Chicago Public Schools to participate in the 12th annual National BDPA Information Technology (IT) Showcase. The statistics are alarming — African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, however, they received just 7 percent of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degrees, 4 percent of master’s degrees and 2 percent of PhDs in our nation.

We created the BDPA IT Showcase to impact on those disturbing statistics. The BDPA IT Showcase allows student presenters from educational institutions all over the United States to showcase their research papers and posters by presenting and demonstrating their research. This year’s showcase is co-sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Johnson & Johnson.

The presentations will represent STEM topics presented by highly motivated high school and college students to an audience of IT professionals and executives. College and high school students have the opportunity to participate in this 3-day event held in conjunction with the National BDPA Technology Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, August 6-9, 2014.

The Presentations and Research Projects will be judged in two divisions … high school and college … by a panel of judges. Three awards will be made in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation at the end of the IT Showcase session. The awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, August 9, 2014.


BDPA is seeking scholarly papers/projects on leading edge technologies in STEM disciplines with a focus on, hardware and software methodologies, research proofs of concept encompassing, but not limited to, intelligent technologies (i.e., smart toys, machine learning, and genetic algorithms), wearable computing, web technologies, green IT technologies, virtual IT technologies, high performance computing (HPC), computing curricula, computational science (across the physical and life sciences), green energy technologies, climate change or global warming.


J, these are the requirements for students who wish to participate in the 12th annual BDPA IT Showcase. The IT Showcase is an event that is a part of the National BDPA Technology Conference. Participants are expected to follow this timeline:

  1. Research paper (8 page maximum) – due April 15, 2014
  2. PowerPoint presentation from the paper (10 min. for IT Showcase) – due June 6, 2014.
  3. Poster display (3ft by 4ft) graphically depicting research topic – due June 6, 2014
  4. Photo (B&W) and Bio – due April 15, 2014
  5. Trip Report – Due August 16, 2014.

The presentation and poster are driven by the paper. The PowerPoint presentation is given at the podium and poster presentations are given in the poster display area. Please give reply to this message or give us a call if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Dr. Jesse Bemley, coordinator
BDPA IT Showcase
(513) 584-3135



Attachment: 01-BDPA At A Glance.pdf
Attachment: 01-ITShowcase-CFP.pdf

Davidson Fellows Scholarship – Deadline February 19

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophyand Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.

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Opportunity to join the Lane Tech CS Faculty

Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL is seeking a dynamic Computer Science teacher to join our team in the fall and teach subjects ranging from applications and web development to computer programming. Lane Tech is a public, nationally ranked selective enrollment school.  You can find out more on the school at and more about the department at

The Lane Tech Computer Science department believes that CS is necessary for all students and is working to make learning CS accessible to as many students as possible.

Candidates should have an interest in CS advocacy and an understanding of equity issues related to CS education.  We are looking for a candidate with knowledge of inquiry based learning who is comfortable in a student-centered classroom environment.

Applicants must be certified or able to become quickly certified in the state of Illinois (National Board Certification should cover this), have a CS endorsement, and industry experience is a plus but not a requirement.

 Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • BS in CS, Engineering, Science or Mathematics preferred

  • Certified/Endorsed in Computer Science

  • Desire to be involved in the local, state and national CS community

  • Understanding of equity issues in CS

  • Knowledge Base:

    • Experience with a subset of the following skills / languages

      • Java and / or Python

      • Alice and / or Scratch

      • Web Design

      • Understanding of html and javascript

      • Database experience

      • Android app development

      • Computer Architecture / Hardware / Logic

      • AP Computer Science

    • The following skills / experiences / credentials are pluses

      • Robotics coaching experience (FIRST or other orgs)

      • CSTA / ACM membership and NCWIT involvement

      • Inquiry based learning / teaching experience

      • National Board Certification

  • Commitment and interest in working with high school students in their academic and personal growth.

  • Self-starter and adept at using and trying new technologies

  • Desire to develop and try new curriculum

  • Desire to work with other disciplines / departments on integration of Computational Thinking

  • Consistent engagement with professional development in areas of pedagogy and CS

  • Willingness and interest in increasing access to CS education for all students in Chicago Public Schools and potentially contributing to policy efforts with the Chicago CSTA and other area organizations.

Any interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the Department Chair, Daniel Law

Indie smash hit ‘Flappy Bird’ racks up $50K per day in ad revenue


The enigmatic and oppressively difficult mobile game Flappy Bird has turned into quite the cash cow for Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen. In an interview with The Verge, Nguyen revealed that the game, which has been sitting atop the App Store and Google Play Store charts for nearly a month, is earning on average $50,000 a day from in-app ads.

Computer Science Fair

Interested in learning about app development? Websites? Programming? Robotics? Register for the Lane Tech Computer Science Fair to take place during School on April 25, 2014.

What is the Computer Science Fair?

As an individual, you will identify a problem that can be solved by using one of the categories below and present your solution to the judges.


  • Android Application (MIT App inventor, Eclipse, etc )
  • Website
  • Video Game using Alice, Scratch. . etc 
  • Open Division: (Program writing in any language or robotics)

Example project: How do I know what the lowest prices is for my nike shoes? Create an app that searches all websites for the best price.

 No Experience? No Problem

All are welcome to participate! Please use the learning resources found below, especially if you are a beginner. The judges take into account your experience while judging.

 What are the Prizes?

Big prizes include a google chrome book and opportunities to learn from current industry gurus, we also have smaller prizes like tee-shirts and similar items.

 How do I Register?

Register by February 17 by filling out this form:

 After registration is closed you will receive a confirmation email with the Computer Science Fair Rubric.

 Email Any Questions to or stop by room 230!


Recommended Learning Resources

Android Application Development:


Video Game

Open Division