Huskie Hack – FREE Campus Event November 5-6, 2016

Students in high school and middle school are invited to register to attend Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Hack which will take place November 5-6, 2016.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students from the region to mix and mingle while working on coding, design and engineering projects at NIU’s DeKalb campus. This is a free (pre-registration is required, along with parental permission) 24+hour event that exposes students to the design process, utilization of critical thinking, and opportunity to look at the history of computing, making, and innovation through the last half century. This is an interdisciplinary event that encourages those who have never coded, worked with robotics, or delved into technology and its relevance to today’s workforce skills to investigate and participate in a non-threatening and safe environment.

For additional information, questions, or concerns please contact tlrogers or call 779-777-7724. Registration is open and students from middle school and high school (with parental permission) will have priority in acceptance to the event. Meals will be provided throughout the event. Students will compete for awards and recognition. Fun activities are planned to engage the right brain and left, while leaving room for students to discover computing at their own pace.

Flyers attached.



Pocket Con – Saturday October 8th, 12-6pm

Pocket Con on Saturday October 8th, 12-6pm.

What is Pocket Con? In their own words…

Pocket Con is a free single day convention for Chicago youth brought to you by a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and LoKari Productions. It focuses on work by artists of color, particularly African American authors and artists, as well as comics with a primary character who is Black. Pocket Con also features work in the comic genre by other underrepresented groups, such as women, Latinos, LGBTQs, and other minorities. We have a strong belief in Indie comics and publishing, and welcome small press and self published authors as well as those involved in related forms of expression and interest, such as webcomics, animation, small-budget film-making, video game design, and zines.

Our mission for this event is primarily to promote literacy using the graphic novel format, reflect on the history of race and gender portrayal in comics and film, and introduce characters, writers and authors who have a different voice than the primarily white, primarily male, primarily straight characters written by generations of comic authors (themselves primarily white, straight, and male). We would also like to empower young writers and artists by introducing them to the collaborative process that is comic creation, and encourage them to produce and submit work of their own for contests at the con.

The convention hosts a "Maker Space" that will give teens a chance to experiment in a variety of media, from vinyl stickers, to cardboard and leather mask construction, to 3-D printing.

Code Shop: 2501 – CS and App Development Competitions

Code Shop: 2501 is our attempt to create a time, place and environment where students can work on projects and competitions that may not fit with any of their class-specific work.  You might be working individually, in pairs or in teams on App Development contests, Programming competitions, Science Fair projects or business ideas;  we’re hoping that Code Shop: 2501 can help connect students with resources and support for whatever projects they’re working on.

We’ll be meeting in 124 after school today (Thursday 9/22) to talk about some of the upcoming  competitions and to brainstorm how this student-led,  teacher-supported effort can move forward.

Each year, there are several interesting CS and App Development competitions that take place throughout the year, and several competitions are already under way.

Congressional App Challenge
Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge
Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Master The Mainframe

Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship for Girls

Cards Against Humanity Re-Opens Applications for Full Ride Scholarship

CHICAGO, IL – Comedy card game Cards Against Humanity announced today that applications are now open for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full ride scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering, or math. The recipient of the award will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.

The growing $950,000 scholarship trust is funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available now for $10 at

“I’m so excited that we’re able to offer another scholarship for a woman studying STEM. A lot of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and the underrepresentation of women in these fields is staggering,” said Jenn Bane, the Cards Against Humanity community director. “Ask a kid to draw a scientist, they’ll draw a man in a lab coat, because science and math are historically male-dominated fields. Cards Against Humanity has a large audience, so with the Science Ambassador Scholarship we hope to help change the public perception of what a scientist looks like.”

The scholarship applications will be judged by a board of over sixty women who work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows.

College and high school students are both eligible. To apply, students should submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic they’re passionate about.

Board member Veronica Berns, postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Education at Northwestern University, said, “We’re accepting video applications because we want to raise visibility of women in science. Production value isn’t a factor in these videos. We’re looking for passionate, creative students who can break down a complicated scientific topic.”

Last spring, the board awarded the scholarship to Sona Dadhania, a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania studying Materials Science and Engineering.

“I was so shocked and unprepared to hear that I won,” said Sona, who submitted a video explaining nanotechnology. “When I first heard, I was walking back into my TA’s office hours with a super big grin, and a couple of my friends noticed how excited I seemed, so I ended up blurting out what happened to everyone in the room. I hope that as Science Ambassador, I can inspire a passion and love for science in someone else.”

Students can watch Sona’s winning video and apply at The deadline is December 11th, 2016.

Engineering Round Robin

Engineering Round Robin at University of Illinois hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

The event is called Engineering Round Robin, and it is a day-long event for middle and high school girls to get to participate in fun engineering activities, interact with other girls who share their interests, and ask questions to current college students who are women studying engineering! Check out the flyer below.

Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge

We’re proud to partner with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. Your student could win a $250,000 college scholarship!

To enter, your student should create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.

Learn more and register today

Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible to enter. The winner’s teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and their school will get a new $100,000 science lab. The winner will also be invited to an awards ceremony, where the prize will be presented in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see your student’s video!

Lizzie and the Khan Academy team

P.S.The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Learn more and register today.

New CS Competitions and Development Club

Info meeting Thursday 9/15 at 3:45pm in room 124.
There are all sorts of CS, programming and development contests and competitions throughout the year, and we wanted to create one club that could be a home for all of them.
Here are just a few examples:
  • IBM’s Master the Mainframe,
  • CTF (Capture the Flag) contests from various schools,
  • Congressional App Challenge,
  • other App contests/challenges, and
  • the ProCom Java programming competition.
Students will be able to participate all year long or for single events, as their schedules allow.
No prior experience is necessary;  a lot of the competitions are more about ideas than specific technical CS knowledge.
And one of the most important things is to enjoy what you’re doing, so you can create a team of friends and classmates you know.
We plan on meeting on Thursdays after school in room 124.   We’ll have a first information meeting on Thursday, September 15 at 3:45 (we’re starting a little late today due to a CS teachers meeting right after school.)
And because it’s a new club, we do need people to step up to leadership roles; let us know if that interests you.

NIU Huskie Hack – Novemeber 5-6, 2016

Flyers attached for more details…

Northern Illilnois University will be hosting Huskie Hack 2016, a 24-hour coding and technology event that is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The event will take place November 5-6, 2016 at the main campus in DeKalb, IL. Students from middle and high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to the event. Registration is now open and additional information can be found at

This free event is student centered and will provide an opportunity for team competition in making and coding. This is one of the only events associated with Major League Hacking in the mid-west which is open to students in middle school and high school.


HACK Parental_Consent_Form_and_Waiver_of_Liability_Agreement.pdf