October CS Student of the Month

On behalf of the Computer Science Department, Mr. Solin chose Kate Chambers as the recipient of this month’s Computer Science Student of the Month Award. Kate has taken multiple CS courses here at Lane and continues to excel in her work. She is currently taking Microarchitecture and Logic Design with Mr. Solin. Kate participates regularly, has a positive outlook during collaboration with other students, and has volunteered to help students struggling in the course. Congratulations Kate!


CodeDay Chicago November 11-12 – 24hrs of coding fun!

There’s a great event happening November 11-12 in Chicago – CodeDay Chicago!

CodeDay (codeday.org/chicago) is happening in 22 cities nationwide is a great way to get kids coding by making it easy and fun!

In 24 hours (yes, an all-nighter), middle and high school kids get together to code something awesome. It is specifically catered to youth who have never coded before, with a variety of workshops and mentoring that are meant to get beginners coding fast.

It will take place November 11-12 in Technexus’ downtown office (20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL 60606).

See attached CodeDay posters and fliers.

Students can use the promo code ‘CPS’ to get 20% off their tickets ($8 instead of $10).



STEAM Night Volunteers at Palmer Elementary

The LTMaker Lab is looking for two volunteers to run a table at Palmer Elementary’s STEAM Night (Science Technology Engineering Art Math). Mr. Solin would be sending you with a 3D printer and a Carvey as well as materials and plans.



  • Completion of Innovation and Creation Lab course
  • Access to a car to bring the machines to the school and back
  • Service Learning hours available
  • If interested, email Mr. Solin at jbsolin

City Bureau’s First-Ever Design-A-Thon Oct. 14!

Throughout August and September, City Bureau teamed up with ProPublica Illinois to scrape, standardize and share Chicago public meeting information from a variety of sources in an effort to more easily coordinate and deploy City Bureau Documenters out to document the city’s public meetings (think City Council, the Chicago Police Board, CPS, Cook County Board, etc). That process has been detailed in a blog produced by Darryl Holliday (editorial director and co-founder of City Bureau) and David Eads (chief nerd at ProPublica Illinois). But the project isn’t complete without useful public tools. That’s where you come in.

Similar to a hack-a-thon, City Bureau’s first-ever design-a-thon is a FREE day-long event and training where students, designers, coders, journalists and community members will work together in teams to propose solutions to a single design challenge from a variety of perspectives and approaches. In short, they want to make a unique open-source tool that can be used by other journalism outlets, community organizations and civic groups to facilitate public oversight, civic discourse and independent watchdog projects in Chicago and beyond.
Throughout the day they’ll host free trainings and give out City Bureau swag—at the end of the day they’ll announce winners and prizes for the best design.

For more, feel free to check out our project’s Github: https://github.com/City-Bureau/documenters-aggregator

OR register for the Design-A-Thon: http://www.citybureau.org/design-a-thon

Huskie Hack Challenge at NIU

Huskie Hack for Health & Wellness

Critical Design Challenges

November 4-5, 2017

Holmes Student Center

A 24-hour continuous design challenge focused on the intersection of computer coding, engineering design and fields related to health and wellness.

Northern Illinois University will be hosting its 3rd Annual Huskie Hack November 4-5, 2017 at the Holmes Student Center in DeKalb, IL.

Huskie Hack is a 24-hour critical design challenge involving computer coding, technology, engineering design and areas of intersection with health and wellness. This event is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Students from middle or 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 www.huskiehack.org

This year’s event focuses on challenges surrounding issues of health and wellness. Students can dive into challenge prompts that are presented or address problems in these areas that impact their own lives, families, or community.

Health and wellness encompass emotional, physical, environmental, generational, global and system challenges. Students do not need to be experts in health fields or in areas of computer design or engineering. They need to be curious, innovative in thought, and ready to take risks in approaching these challenges with critical thinking and creativity.

Teams are limited to four individuals. Each team must have at least one middle or high school student on its roster to actively compete for prizes. Northern Illinois University is the only nationally recognized university to host a mix of pre-collegiate and college students in a hackathon. Our unique environment and experiences in engaged learning ensure that your student will come away having learned a new skill, feel empowered for accomplishing a design challenge, and appreciate the experience of working with college students in a collegiate competition.

Educators, professionals, and administrators, are you interested in volunteering to support the event? Opportunities are available. We encourage parents, educators, and administrators to volunteer and observe what the Hack is all about. If interested in volunteering, please contact tlrogers about opportunities. For questions, feel free to email or call 815-753-2090.

Please encourage your student’s to attend as 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.

Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Ms.Ed.

The power of “Why?” should never be underestimated.

Pronouns: She, Her, and Hers

Outreach & Engagement Specialist

P20 Center

Northern Illinois University

148 N. 3rd. Street

Monat Building, Room 167

DeKalb, IL 60115

PH: 815-753-2090
FAX: 815-753-0666


HuskieHack_2017_Registration Flyer.pdf

Volunteer Form _ FillableHH2017.pdf

HACK Parental-Consent-Form-and-Waiver-of-Liability-Agreement.pdf

ChickTech Chicago 2017-2018 Free STEM Education Cohort Application Open

ChickTech Chicago is a local non-profit dedicated to getting more girls and women into technology through hands-on workshops. Our High School program provides monthly tech workshops and mentorships from industry experts to 100 high school girls in their sophomore and junior years.

This year’s program marks our 3rd year in Chicago providing free STEM education and mentoring to young woman, and will kick off on November 18 & 19, 2017 at Columbia College Chicago.

Our nomination form is at https://chicago.chicktech.org/high-school/(you can self nominate). You can also review more program details and this year’s kick-off communication timeline.

We have extended our deadlines for nominations to October 16th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Valerye at valerye.antantis.