Tech Art Club

Today, tomorrow and Friday are club days. I wanted to introduce all of you to a club that I run at Lane Tech called, Tech Art. Oddly enough…we combine art and technology to create cool things. This club is for anyone…you do not have to be a master computer scientist. Invite your friends who aren’t in CS too! No problem. Tell them how cool I am, they’ll want to join!

We meet in room 134 on Thursdays after school.

Ms. Woz

CodeNow Weekend Workshops

21-3-1600x742.jpegJoin CodeNow to learn the technical skills you need to make apps, do well in college, and get internships.
CodeNow has taught over 2,000 high school students how to build apps. Our four-day weekend workshops will help you discover your passion for technology, while our multi-year tech program will allow you to continue practicing throughout high school on your schedule.
CodeNow’s Chicago Intro Tech Workshop will take place on the weekends of October 13-14 & 20-21 (Basecamp – 30 N. Racine Avenue – West Loop). We are looking for driven high school students who are passionate about solving meaningful problems.
If you fit this description, at
Need some more convincing? No problem. Here are some examples of amazing high school students that have participated in CodeNow’s tech program:
“During the program, things came together, and I got really excited about coding. I did not have much of a direction until CodeNow happened.”
“CodeNow opened countless doors for me. They helped me solidify my career path. I’m more sure of my ambitions in technology and combined my love for Computer Science (CS) and fashion!”
“I didn’t like coding at first … but then I did CodeNow, and that’s when I really got started…”
Are you convinced now? If so, apply as soon as possible! The application deadline is Sunday, October 7.
Important Note: CodeNow targets students from underrepresented groups in STEM majors & careers. While tuition for the program is $1,000, most students qualify for scholarships which will reduce the cost to $50.


What is CodeLab?
CodeLab is an (officially) new club at lane which hopes to enlarge and invigorate the active CS community at lane by providing a time, place, and resources for people who want to further their interests in CS. We will provide a loose organizational structure that will push similarly interested people together to create deep projects which challenge them to learn as they go.
We encourage people to show up when they please, even if it’s only to hang out!
Potential members are urged to show up IRL or ask an existing member for an invite code to the discord channel.
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Amazon Web Services donates $100,000 in prizes to student winners in the Congressional App Challenge

More info (and PRIZE MONEY) on the Congressional App Challenge

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering a prize to each Congressional App Challenge winner.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide over $100,000 worth of AWS credits to Congressional App Challenge winners

Washington, D.C. – The 2018 Congressional App Challenge today announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a leading cloud computing services company. AWS will provide $250 in AWS promotional credits to each of the student winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge to use for AWS Cloud computing services. These credits provide students with access to the renowned tech platform, giving them hands-on experience to further their coding education.

“AWS Educate is honored to contribute to the 2018 Congressional App Challenge and support the builders of tomorrow,” said Ken Eisner, Senior Manager, Worldwide Education Programs and Global Lead, AWS Educate at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We’ve been impressed by the outpouring of creativity, coding ability, and public spirit from diverse student populations across the U.S. in past years, and know that these young entrepreneurs will raise the bar even higher in 2018.”

“Members of Congress encourage their young constituents to learn the tech skills which will be required for the jobs of the future. The cloud service credits AWS is generously providing to winners will give students an extra resource that complements their computer programming skills,” said Rachel Décoste, Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge. “We’re incredibly grateful to AWS for their dedication to computer science education.

Together, the Congressional App Challenge along with its collaborators such as AWS, are creating opportunities for students all over the country. The 2018 Challenge is open to all students in participating districts, who have not yet graduated from high school. App Submissions are due on October 15, 2018. For the full list of participating districts and more details, visit


The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support.. In the first three years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 605 App Challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 functional apps have been created by over 10,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.




Illinois Tech Innovation Challenge (Deadline 9/30)


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Innovation Challenge

at Illinois Tech
(Please forward this to your students)

Enter for a chance to win $2,500!

High school students are invited to participate in an Innovation Challenge with up to $2,500 in prizes.

Student may compete against other high school students as a team or an individual.

*See website for official rules and details

Deadline: September 30


See details and rules here

Questions: Contact Scott Pfeiffer pfeiffer or 312-567-5900

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National Congressional App Challenge!

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representative, where Representatives challenge students in their districts to create apps. With 10,000 students signed up, it’s the largest student coding competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious for students, too.

Students from 43 states have created apps that address everything from bullying, food waste, to health and safety, to search and rescue, to education, to gaming. The only limit is imagination and perseverance!

In addition to prizes TBA, the winner(s) of each Congressional district receive:

· Recognition from their Member of Congress,

· Their app is displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC,

· And an invitation to #HouseOfCode in Washington, DC.

The 2018 Congressional App Challenge is currently accepting registrations from middle and high school students across the nation.

The deadline to submit an app is October 15th, 2018! So get coding!

More Info.

Chicago Makers Digest 09/04/18

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Makers Digest 09/04/18

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 4

PS1 Hackerspace Open House 7:00 PM
Open to the public! Come see what Pumping Station One is all about. Bring your questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity. We give a tour of the space after the member meeting, stick arond for 300 Seconds of Fame, our open-mic night for presentations. More

Wednesday, September 5

Artmaking Studio Day Every Wednesday: Make & Meet at AnySquared 3:00 PM
FREE Artmaking Session EVERY WEDNESDAY Drop in hours begin at 3pm until 10pm Supporting Artists for 7 years. Stop in. Make Art. Meet People. Brainstorm Projects. Plot Liberation. Be Social or Stay Focused. Supplies Available. We have plenty of basic supplies to share, but you are welcome to bring your own and make, share ideas, discuss possible collaborations. AnySquared also discusses upcoming art projects during studio day. More

CAN TV Public Access TV Orientation 5:45 PM
Chicago is a town woven together with our stories being the single thread. Now is the time to share yours. Come to CAN TV’s Orientation and learn about a discovery-containing space invested in technology, where your story is heard in the way you intended it. Be prompt, as there is no admittance 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. More

Chicago Women Developers Hack Night 6:00 PM
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you’re just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there’s a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop! You don’t have to be working on any project or learning anything new to come to Hack Night, it’s a great space to just hang out with other women who code. More

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago Weekly Meeting 7:00 PM
Wednesday night meetings are an open house, a brief meeting about hackerspace business, and a general time to meet and chat with members and non-members who felt like dropping by. It’s also a pretty good time for members to get certified on equipment. More

Thursday, September 6

Intro to Generative Design – Fusion 360 12:00 PM
Autodesk considers Generative Design to be the next step in the evolution of design and engineering. Generative Design allows designers and engineers the ability to rapidly generate 10’s, 100’s, or 1000’s of CAD-ready solutions based on real-world manufacturing constraints that can each achieve significantly higher performance. Generative Design technology is now available in Fusion 360 Ultimate. Join Autodesk Customer Success for an introduction to Generative Design technology within Fusion 360, and gain the resources needed to successfully apply Generative Design Time More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 7:00 PM
Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Come build something with us! More

Mokena SpaceLab Public Hack Night 7:00 PM
A night for the public to come in and work on projects, talk to members, and hang out. We may be working on our Maker Faire, or fixing a 3D printer, or souping up a racing car. Who knows! Come on out and meet us. No skills or prior knowledge required. More

Friday, September 7

DMen Tap Coaster Decorating Party 3:00 PM
DMen Tap is has a little coaster decorating party every Friday afternoon. Get inspired and be artistic so our customers have something fun to look at when they set their drinks down. More

Saturday, September 8

Rooftop Farming Saturday Intensive 9:00 AM
This course is for those interested in green roofs and/or edible plantings for a rooftop garden. We combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize rooftop gardening in their existing urban agricultural projects and for potential expansion opportunities. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to be prepared to work indoors and outdoors. More

Adult Fashion Sewing and Design Summer Camp 2 days 9:00 AM
Don’t let the kids have all the fun. Learn the ins and outs of Fashion Design and Sewing. In this camp students get hands on instruction with a real fashion designer! Students will walk a week in her shoes and design their own wearable art. Students are welcome to attendent both session. Snack and Lunch Provided. More

Onsite/Online Class: The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Turkey 10:00 AM
Instructor: Shannon Martino, PhD (Oriental Institute Graphic Artist and School of the Art Institute) This class will examine some of the most important ancient places in Turkey and their art and architecture. We will begin with the pre-Neolithic site of Gbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey and end with the Roman period settlement at Ephesus on the Aegean coast. Our discussion will focus not only on the remains from these sites, but also on the past and current cultural, political, and historical implications of both excavations and artifacts. We will address contemporary issues of gender, collecting, ethnicity, repatriation, and community engagement which are inextricably interwoven into the dialogues of archaeology in Turkey. More

Fashion and Fiber Crafts Studio 10:30 AM
In Fashion and Fiber Crafts Studio you can learn a new skill or work on an existing project you want to complete. Each morning begins with a demonstration (fabric dyeing, block printing, or jewelry making), while the afternoon session is open-ended. Bring in a project that’s in progress or start something new. Short demonstrations are also available in the afternoon in quilting and hand stitching techniques, crochet, and clothing reuse ideas. All skill levels are welcome. Fashion and Fiber Crafts Studio will be led by teaching artists Cate Breasley and Melody Williams. Note: Lunch and all supplies will be provided. More

Sunday, September 9

Glassblowing Open House 2:00 PM
From 2:00pm – 4:00pm, we’ll have complimentary live Glassblowing Demonstrations, where guests can engage and interact with Ignite’s artists. We look forward to seeing you there! More

Chicago Flag Mosaics 3:00 PM
Celebrate our great city by creating your own Chicago flag mosaic! You will spend a relaxing afternoon gluing and grouting your own stained glass mosaic piece. All pieces will be precut or cut on site for you. You will learn some basic mosaic skills in a fun and relaxed environment! More

Josh Dihle: Small Drawing Working Group 4:00 PM
Members will start their meeting by sharing their respective positions on depiction, void, hunger, emergency preparedness, admission of guilt, and redaction. Meeting organizers will function solely in a support capacity, with the understanding that conversation topics are to be determined by the angularity and vulnerability of member body shapes. Members are granted absolute independence and freedom of thought. Seating will be edge-optimized, with priority given to the appearance of the overall group, as determined by organizers’ inscrutable whims. More

Workshop: Metal Etching 5:00 PM
Learn the ancient practice of metal etching on copper, and create your own pair of etched earrings to wear home! Make this traditional craft your own as you enjoy a fun evening of friends, art, and refreshments. A perfect girls’ night out! Class Cost: $65 More