Innovation in Education Scholarship

Innovation in Education Scholarship

Innovation in Education Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for the Innovation in Education Scholarship?

  • Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
  • Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
  • Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
  • The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.

How much is the Innovation in Education Scholarship worth?

The Innovation in Education Scholarship is worth $500!

When is the Innovation in Education Scholarship application due?

All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.

For the official rules, click here.

Best of luck to all who apply!

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Tomorrow – Wed Mar 16, 2016 – Industrial Arts & Technology (Presentation and Tour)


information is also on the Chapter website at:

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

Industrial Arts & Technology (Presentation and Tour)

Speakers: Matthew Runfola & Alan Baker

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:45 pm – Social Hour, light refreshments
6:30 pm – Presentation

Note! This is a field trip – we are meeting at the CIADC:
6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60626


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

RSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site

The presentation includes a tour of the 10,000 square foot facility and it’s metalworking, casting and technology shops and features a talk on the Integrated Technology & Design Department, and how it fits in with CIADCs approach to object making with its two core categories: 3D CAD modeling for design, rendering, and CNC output, and electronics for light, movement, and sound.

The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center ( is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide education, working access, and community for 3D object makers working with materials and processes requiring specialized skill sets, industrial space, and shop tools. We occupy 10,500 square feet in Roger Park, housing 4 studio departments: Fabricated Metalworking and Forging (FMF), Woodworking (WDW), Casting (CST), and Integrated Technology and Design (ITD). We offer the general public access to learn and use the space to create sculptural, functional, and decorative objects, be it for hobby or profession.
Our ITD Department focuses on 2 core categories, for stand-alone or object-integrated approaches: 3D CAD modeling for design, rendering, and CNC output, and electronics for light, movement, and sound.

Matthew Runfola
Founder and President
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
Matthew has previously owned a custom design/build furniture and sculpture business focusing on fabricated metalwork and unique patina finishes.  He has authored a book, “Patina:  300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmith (Interweave, 2014).  Matt has a mechanical engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, but creative freedom led him into the arts.  Matt headed the Metal Sculpture program at the Evanston Art Center for 13 years, where he initiated many of the programming concepts he brings to CIADC.  Matt is a longtime resident of Rogers Park, and is excited to bring the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center into his community.

Alan Baker
Integrated Design & Technology Department Manager
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
Alan is a Chicago-born creative with a BS in Math and Computer Science from DePaul University. In his search for a great combination of logic and art, he found himself running the machine shop at Northwestern University, designing and fabricating research equipment, as well as teaching courses in shop safety and basic electronics. After several years, he moved from Northwestern to a stint hanging out on boats all day, but finally settled on teaching CAD and part design in Ravenswood. Alan finds his passion in bringing together artistry, programming and science to create truly unique manifestations and experimenting with new forms of creation. He loves to share his concepts and knowledge with others, and finds a great joy in teaching. He currently resides on the North side of Chicago.

CIADC is located in Rogers Park at 6433 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 60626. Our dedicated parking and main entrance are in the rear of our building. Overflow parking is available on the street (non-metered, no sticker required), or 1 block south in the plaza lot on the NE corner of Ravenswood and Devon Ave.
Click here for additional maps and travel ideas posted in the photos section of our site.
More info at

While there may be light refreshments available, feel free to “brown bag” it and bring in food from the outside to eat during the social hour.


Sign up for free and RSVP here:

or send an e-mail to

Calling All Makers!!! The 5th Anniversary Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is Here!

It’s the 5TH ANNIVERSARY of the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire?! And the Call for Makers is OPEN! Got an idea, a weird hobby, or a cool project? Come show your stuff! It is FREE to participate as a maker, and the earlier you submit, the more likely you will be chosen for a Maker feature.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

DEADLINE to Apply: April 1st (Not a joke!)

To summarize Maker Faire briefly, it is the world’s largest Do-It-Yourself festival, celebrating the inventions, technologies, arts, crafts, literature, science, hobbies, and ideas of anyone who likes to create. Chicago Northside Maker Faire focuses on inspiring students to work with their hands and show others to do the same. We welcome especially hands-on experiences, workshops, learning and teaching of any form, and young makers!

Here are the ways you can participate:

1) SHOW your stuff! If you or some you know have a cool project to share, please SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.

Proposals are due by April 1st.2) VOLUNTEER for CNS Maker Faire HERE. We need help signing in guests at the door, handing out goodies to those who donate, helping makers setup, and directing traffic. All volunteers get free lunch and free hugs!

3) ATTEND the fifth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, bring your friends and family! Reserve your FREE tickets today. (Donations are welcome through Eventbrite and at the door if you wish to help support those who are unable to pay, and keep this a free event.)

4) Any individuals or companies who wish to CNSmakerfaire for more information.

Follow us on Facebook and @CNSmakerfaire and spread the word! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you all there!

Christina Pei & The CNS Maker Team

NOTE: Any ICL student can use the LTMaker lab equipment for free (and possibly be provided with materials) if you are involved in this event. See Mr. Solin to discuss further.

NOTE2: Poster Attached.


CNS-MMF _ 2016_Poster.pdf