Robotics Try-Outs!

Attention Lane Tech Students only:

If you are interested in being on a Robotics FIRST FTC team, tryouts will be after school on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Please fill out this form if you are interested in trying out and Mr. Durham will send the try-outs schedule by the end of this week. Once try-outs are completed Mr. Durham will send out the official X-Machina registration to all new FTC applicants. As long as you register for X-Machina, whether you make any of the build-teams or not, you are part of the FRC program and will have opportunities to build robots throughout the year and during the FRC season.

Email Mr. Durham at with any questions

Application at:

Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Opportunity for class of 2017

Hispanic Heritage Foundation scholarship opportunity up to $3000 for rising high school seniors class of 2017.

Scholarship Categories & Sponsors are:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship: sponsored by BBVA Compass
  • Community Service: sponsored by Colgate Palmolive.
  • Education: sponsored by Southwest Airlines
  • Engineering: sponsored by ExxonMobil
  • Health & Science: sponsored by CVS Health
  • Mathematical Sciences: sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

Below you will find links with all the detailed information for this educational grant.

Deadline is on October 2, 2016

To access the application click here:

To find out more about what we do click here:

NIU Hack for Change and Huskie Hack

Northern Illinois University will be hosting Hack for Change on June 4th as a free event from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Holmes Student Center. NIU and Tech Bark, are the first nationally recognized University Brigade with Code for America. Attendees will be able to form teams, work in pairs, or solo, addressing national and local challenges in Civic Hacking. Registration now!

Mark the Date for Huskie Hack- a 24 Hour event taking place at NIU’s Holmes student center. Join over 300 hundred students, representing middle and high schools, colleges and universities from across the mid-west. This free event, sanctioned by Code for America and Major League Hacking is an integrated learning and problem solving event involving coding, making, and of course fun! Registration will be posted in July, for now follow us on

Future Leaders in Planning

Future Leaders in Planning

Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is a leadership development opportunity where students can contribute to a better future for our region. Participants in this new program will learn more about the northeastern region and share their thoughts with other teens from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participants will also meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key planning decisions in our communities. Learn more in a video.

Apply to FLIP

Please share the 2016 Summer FLIP application with local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for our region. Students can also apply on-line at

2016 Summer FLIP Application
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Applications must be submitted, postmarked, or emailed by Friday, June 3, 2016.

NxtGen Tech High School Program – Summer 2016


Summer High School Technology Program

Offered by Illinois Institute of Technology
4 Great Courses for high schoolers

> Front-End Web Design – Course details
> Hacker Highschool – IT Security – Course details
> Modding Minecraft and Java Development – Course details
> System Administration – Building a Securing and a Network – Course details

Wheaton and Chicago locations
(Chicago is almost full – so register now)

Illinois Institute of Technology invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to
attend NxtGen Tech Program in Summer 2016. Students will learn next generation technologies and tools and get a glimpse of the future of the Internet, computing, and the next wave of emerging technologies.

Download a printable poster/flyer

Learn more about the NxtGen Tech Program

4 NxtGen Summer Tech Courses in Chicago or Wheaton
Take one or all four of the week-long courses.
Front-End Web Design and Development

This course provides students with the concepts and skills to effectively use HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3), and Content Management Systems (CMS). Students practice hands-on basics and continue into advanced techniques, while building small project-based websites and web applications.

Prerequisite: None
Price: $349
Course details and registration (Chicago only)

Hacker Highschool – IT Security

Students learn to defend themselves against cyber attacks, cyber warfare, fraud, identity theft, privacy leaks, data breaches and other attacks vectors while using the Internet. They will learn to setup a secure network and safely navigate the web.

Prerequisite: None
Price: $349
Course details and registration

Modding Minecraft – Java Development

Learn the dynamics of game development in the ever-expanding world of Minecraft. Start by learning Java™ fundamentals along with Minecraft tools and techniques. Once you’ve set the foundation, start building! Create and publish Minecraft mods; program new mods, items, and blocks in Java™; add new behavior to Minecraft with Java™ programming; use object-oriented programming concepts; and set up Minecraft servers via a LAN (Local Area Network).

Prerequisite: None
Price: $349
Course details and registration

System Administration Building and Securing a Network

Students learn the basics of System Administration including, Desktop/Server Hardware, Operating Systems (Windows & Linux), Networking (Local Area Networks & Wireless) and IT Security. Coursework will cover installation, configuring, upkeep, activation of accounts, security controls, routers and switchers, and monitoring of network performance.

Prerequisite: None
Price: $349
Course details and registration

About the NxtGen Tech Program
Courses meet from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Registration and availability are on a first-come basis.
All classes include lunch.
All programs take place at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago or Wheaton and are led by IIT faculty members or staff with assistance from select IIT students.

Download a printable poster/flyer
Learn More about the NxtGen Tech Program

Information & Registration

Wheaton – 630.682.6000
Chicago – 312.567.5900

Click here to download the poster/flyer

For more information about Illinois Tech degree programs please contact
Ryan Nelson at nelsonr or 312-567-5192

Illinois Institute of Technology, 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

FEMMES Open House: 5/20

The University of Chicago Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES) is delighted to invite you to our second annual Open House on May 20th!

At the Open House, you will be able to meet the board, learn about our events, and ask questions about our organization or STEM opportunities in general. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here if you plan on attending.

When: Friday May 20th from 4-6pm
Where: Social Science Quad (1126 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637). The quad is located directly North of the Social Science Research Building.

CS Education Day at Northwestern University this Wednesday (May 11th)

Please come to the CS Education day on 5/11.

Anyone interested in these topics is welcome; lunch and breakfast are
included. Please forward this message to anyone you think might be

The talk lineup is:
– Felleisen, "Developing Developers"
– Fisler, "On Planning and Programming Languages"
– Horn, "Blocks and Stickers: Rethinking Computational Literacy
Experiences in Informal Environments"
– Horswill, "What do we teach when we teach computer science?"
– Lewis, "Bias and institutional barriers in CS: Tips for
identification and mitigation"
– Weintrop, "Computer Science Education at a Crossroads: Understanding
Introductory Programming Environments"

More information, including abstracts, bios, and logistics is available here:

Code for Change – June 4th

Join Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) student organization Tech Bark as they host Hack for Change on June 4th, 2016 at the Holmes Student Center at NIU’s campus in DeKalb. Register Now!

Why participate?

Educate your community on the importance of civic hacking

Find creative solutions to local issues in your community

Be part of a national collective experience addressing national and local issues in our communities – Hunger, Housing, and Business Start-up

Northern Illinois University and its student organization, Tech Bark, is the only nationally recognized University Brigade in Code for America. As part of Code for America, Tech Bark and NIU can leverage coding resources and experience of experts involved in civic hacking throughout the USA. This year, Code for America has prepared several Brigade Challenges that we’d love help on. These challenges are related to getting a better idea of what digital government services are like and how they differ across the country.

Challenge: Applying for Food Stamps

Help us make it easier for residents to get the help they need to buy food.

Challenge: Applying for Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is important, but not easy to apply for – let’s see how we can improve the process.

Challenge: Applying for a Business License

Starting a business means new jobs and better neighborhoods. Let’s see how hard it is to do that and improve it.

Not sure you want to work on these issues? No Problem! Begin with a problem close to your heart and see what you can do to make it better!

Join community members, local students from DeKalb County area middle and high schools, along with NIU and other college students to Hack for Change! No experience is necessary, simply bring your desire to participate, innovate, and hack for solutions that bring about positive Change!

Brigades are volunteer groups who partner with local governments and community organizations to address local civic issues.

Brigades collaborate with their local governments and community partners because:

The private sector has evolved exponentially over the past decade adopting new technologies and new ways of working, however, local governments have fallen behind.

Brigades apply 21st Century Government Principles to important local problems.

Brigades approach local challenges in partnership with government using iterative, data-driven, user-centered approaches.

It’s not always about an app; it’s about partnering with governments to work on principles of 21st century government that build key capabilities, exciting local citizens to get involved in their government, and showing what’s possible with those connections and meaningful collaboration towards human impact.

The Brigade program provides a framework for organizing a network of people who are interested in raising their hands to use their skills for good, increase civic engagement and improve their communities.

Register to attend this FREE event today!

[hacking, social good, civic hacking, free, NIU]

Google Opportunities

For graduating HS seniors going into CS, Google offers the CSSI summer institute in many offices, including Chicago. During the school year, they run Code-In for participating in open source projects. They are also piloting CS Edge in our larger offices. Google also has online courses and activities as well.

Here is a list of activities:

Do yourself a favor and follow Google Students and Google Education twitter, youtube, facebook, and G+ channels to see announcements for applications, deadlines, and more.





The Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.

This year’s program will focus on hands-on opportunities related to telescope observing, light pollution, and high-altitude ballooning.

  • Dates: Monday-Friday, August 8-26, 2016
  • Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm*
  • Cost: Free (Note: participants will need to bring lunch each day)

*There will be at least one field trip during the program. Transportation to/from the field trip location will be provided by the Adler Planetarium. The field trip will be from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and is tentatively scheduled for August 25.

Full details at

Note that there are 2 steps to apply… fill out the form AND have a teacher send a letter of recommendation. All that is on the website & in the form.