Chicago Board of Education Approves Landmark CS Graduation Requirement

The Chicago Board of Education just approved a new graduation requirement for CPS students that will require students to obtain 1 Computer Science credit to graduate. The new requirement will apply to next year’s incoming freshmen.

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Lane Tech has been paving the way for CS education not only in Chicago, but nationally. Many thousands of students will now have the opportunity to learn high-quality CS education and Lane is proud of its role in leading that charge.

PE Waivers for Computer Science Courses

Computer Science courses count as a PE Waiver. If you’re interested in using the waiver for scheduling, simply print the attached document, add your information, and give it to your counselor. The form has been completed for you and the evidence letter from UIC is included. If you have any questions, contact any CS teacher.

Lane Tech’s Computer Science Department

CS PE Waiver Complete.pdf

Kickstarter Co-Founder Wednesday night at Till School

“Till School’s first ever Till Talk—a series of talks from creatives, makers, and builders. We’re excited to have Charles Adler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter, as our kick-off speaker. Come to the Green Exchange on Wednesday, Febrary 10, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm as Charles shares his story.  Along with this talk, we will be hosting an open house to share a bit about our design program for high school graduates to develop skills to become creative industry ready in 2-years. We partner with local organizations from around Chicago on design, research, and strategy projects allowing students to build a portfolio of real client work while also learning in the classroom.”

2016 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge

Additional details attached in PDF

Illinois IT Learning Exchange


2016 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge

We invite high school student teams to demonstrate an application they have built, using a Raspberry Pi and peripherals, from one of the two categories below. The student team must demonstrate the end result of their created technology.The Illinois IT Learning Exchange will select24 student teams (12 teams for the artistic category and 12 teams for the sensor category) to showcase theircompleted application on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Interested student teams must register and submit a 1 minute YouTube video by 5:00 p.m. February 15, 2016 describing the application they will build and demonstrate. We will announce student team finalists on February 19, 2016 via email.

At the BUILD IT showcasing event a panel of volunteer judges will evaluate and score each student team’s demonstrated application. Prizes will be awarded to 1st place winning teams only for each category. All student teams will receive a Certificate of Achievement for participating.

BUILD IT 2016 StudentCompetition.pdf

The 2016 Clean Tech Competition and first ever STEM Cruise!

2016 Clean Tech Competition

Challenge your students to “Making an Impact”

Win up to $10,000!

Registration is now open!

Dear Daniel Law, Science Teacher,

The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want to invite the students of Lane Tech College Prep to participate in this year’s competition!

Competition Information
Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

  • The 2016 Challenge: “Making an Impact” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with plastics or the need for clean, cheap energy.
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Online registration is open now!
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due March 18th, 2016.
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’
  • Final event to happen while on a cruise from Miami, Florida, USA to the Dominican Republic!
  • Official Competition website

How can your students get involved?

To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to you students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with your school’s students, fellow educators, administrators, and other parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:

· 2016 Competition Flyer

· How the Clean Tech Competition is an Application of Project-Based Learning

· 2016 Student Outreach Flyer

If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having students from Lane Tech College Prep in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!

And there is something for all teachers too! This year’s Clean Tech Competition happens on board Fathom’s Cruise Ship, Adonia where there will be opportunities for professional development with workshops that include: Project based learning, Hands-on science activity ideas and demonstrations, Dinosaurs, Weather, STEM questioning techniques, Earth Science, Endangered species and much more! This opportunity for an educational cruise is open for teachers of any age or grade or Education Professors. So spread the word to any teachers or Education Professors you know, we want them, and you, there too!

Contact Information
Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni

* Email: cleantech

( Phone: (516) 764-0045
: Website:

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Composers and Technology – Speaker Seth Boustead

This information is also on the Chapter website at:

A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting

Composers and Technology
Speaker: Seth Boustead

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
5:45 pm – Social Hour, light refreshments
6:30 pm – Presentation

Loyola University Water Tower Campus (Chicago/Michigan Area)
111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611
Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers)

Admission: Free, Reservations Requested, General Admission, open to the public.

RSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site

Chicago Maker Challenge

Key Dates

  • December 20, 2015: Registration opens
  • February 25, 2016: Chicago Maker Challenge Launch Party at Motorola Mobility
  • March 1, 2016: Registration Ends
  • March 7, 2016: Last day for kit pickup
  • May 6, 2016: All project videos must be sent to:
    • Last day to send in completed Parental Consent Form to
  • May 13, 2016: Semi-finalists, finalists & additional winners are notified
    • All participants are welcome to attend the Showcase unless otherwise notified. However, only finalists, semi-finalists and additional winners are able to exhibit at the Showcase.
  • May 26, 2016: Chicago Maker Challenge Showcase at Motorola Mobility from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    • 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1800