Fidget Spinners Competition at Inventables

This competition is open to anyone, however if you have completed or are currently enrolled in the Innovation and Creation Lab course at Lane, Mr. Solin will donate all machine time and provide all materials (including bearings) for students that are interested in participating.

From Inventables:

The first community challenge is to make a toy. By each of us contributing one, together we’ll create a kind of toy store. Think of it as a virtual toy store. We’ll start with a single toy…the Fidget Spinner. Amazon has about 2,000 fidget spinners for sale and Etsy has about 3,000. We want all the spinners to be unique and interesting. That gives us the opportunity to exercise our creative and technical muscles. If you submit a unique fidget spinner design there are four levels of rewards you can win up to $115 in Inventables gift cards.

Check out the full contest details and instructions.

PE Waivers for Computer Science Courses

Lane Tech Computer Science

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

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The Generation Google Scholarship

Full details at: 

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the US or Canada for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Intend to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic achievement
  • Be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Female, or a Person with a Disability)
  • Be available to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2017

Application process

For current university students:

The online application will include:

  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions)
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • Two letters of reference from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to four essay questions

Applications are closed for the 2017 scholarship for current university students. Please check back in fall 2017 for our 2018 scholarship application.

For current high school seniors:

Please complete the online application which will include

  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions)
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcript
  • One letter of reference from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) instructor
  • Responses to multiple short answer questions

Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Deadline for references to submit letters: Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

Terms and Conditions

The Generation Google Scholarship award must be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the students’ classes at their primary university. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full time students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment will be verified after the winners are selected, and all scholarship payments will be made directly to the student to be used towards tuition and education-related expenses. We will withhold the award for any scholar who no longer meets the eligibility requirements and revoke the award for any scholar who does not maintain the eligibility requirements.  Selected recipients will receive instructions from Google on how to receive the award. Failure to complete these steps by the specified deadline will disqualify recipients from receiving the award. Recipients may defer their award for up to one (1) year from the time of originally planned payment on a case by case basis as determined by Google. Google employees are not eligible to apply for Google scholarships. Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not apply for this scholarship.


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To learn more about Google’s computer science education efforts, visit

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

* Must be a high school senior *

Kick start your university studies in computer science with an unforgettable summer program at Google. Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.

CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

As CSSI students, you will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop your very own application with fellow participants that you will showcase to Googlers in local offices.

You’ll attend the program at one of our Google office locations and experience firsthand Google’s unique and innovative office culture.

Applications are currently open and the deadline to apply is Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. Please apply via this link.

CSSI partners with the Generation Google Scholarship that supports students becoming leaders in computer science. Students selected for the scholarship are required to attend CSSI. Check out the scholarship website to learn more.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with an interest in computer science an opportunity to learn what their future career might hold and inspire them to complete their work towards a technical degree.
  • To help students develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities and better prepare them for studying computer science or closely related fields.
  • To help participants begin building important personal networks and friendships with a diverse group of students who share their passion for technology and computer science.
  • To give students an inside look at Google’s unique environment, community and culture.

To learn more about Google’s computer science education efforts, visit

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Girls Who Code – Now Accepting Applications for the FREE Summer Immersion Program

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017


Current female students in grades 10-11 are invited to apply for the Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program in Chicago! 

In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies — They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.

  • Project-based learning — They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!

  • Sisterhood — They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.


In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students! The summer stipend is available for all Summer Immersion Program applicants who qualify.

The Chicago Programs are held from June 26-August 11, 2017.

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Hidden Figures Revealed: Saturday Screening + Panel

March is Women’s History Month, and the Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History are teaming up to present programming around Hidden Figures, a best-sellling book and Oscar-nominated film about the true story of a team of black women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the American space program.

Chicago students and education providers are invited to join the Adler for special screenings of Hidden Figures accompanied by conversations with Chicago women working in STEM fields today, moderated by teens from the Adler’s Youth Leadership Council.

Screenings and panels will take place at the Adler (1300 S Lake Shore Drive) on Saturday, March 25, at 10am and 1:30pm.

Free registration is open to youth ages 11-19 and one guest. School and organization groups interested in coming should contact youthprograms.

Full details at

The ITA High School Tech Challenge

See attached flier for more info




The challenge is an individual based annual coding and programming challenge for high school students like you to practice and increase your skills and for a chance to win a scholarship to assist in your education.

Yes! The top 5 overall high school coders will each receive a $500 scholarship and be invited to

the ITA’s Tech Summit in May to be recognized.


  1. Register to receive reminders and other communication before the challenge opens.
  2. The unique URL opens April 3rd at 9:00 a.m. CST and closes April 14th at 5:00 p.m. It’s a virtual challenge – take it anywhere, anytime between April 3-14:
  3. Choose a coding language you’re most comfortable with.
  4. Once you start, you can’t stop and you’ll have 1 hour to complete the challenge.


CS Student of the Month – January

The Computer Science Department would like to congratulate Michael Khalaf, for winning the Computer Science Student of the Month Award for the month of January.

Mr. Kim selected Michael for exhibiting collaboration and problem-solving skills. Michael brings an enthusiastic attitude to the class and is always willing to help other students. His superb teamwork and communication skills have had a positive influence on his peers.


2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit (Girls 14-17)


Applications are now open for the 2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, taking place July 22-29, 2017. The application is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in Chicago or one of its 28 international sister cities.

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an educational forum in Chicago to help grow a new generation of global leaders. Participants from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities are empowered through workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership. The Summit encourages young women to become active leaders in their communities and develop solutions to the challenges girls face around the world.

The Summit consists of a one-week summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14–16. It is an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants are made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds and are positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future. As emerging leaders in their own communities, the summit equips the girls to become agents of positive change in the world.

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

Please share with anyone who may be interested!