Summer Opportunities at Chicago Public Library for Teens

Please see message below from Maggie P. Miller at the Chicago Public Library. Note relevant attachments to this post.

This Summer, Teen Services has a Summer Challenge just for for Teens.

Here is how it works:

  • Teens, ages 13-18, get a Bingo Card
  • The theme is We Are Chicago: Your City, Your Summer, Your CPL (it has a local focus in some of the activities on the Bingo card 😉)
  • Play to Win! Get a Bingo Card, Finish a row, column, or diagonal of activities on your Bingo Card.  You can complete activities on your own or by attending teen library programs.  After your FIRST 5 squares, you can get a sportspack (while supplies last).  Any additional 5 squares in a row, you can earn a ticket for 2 Citywide Raffle Drawings.
  • Teens can sign up at Independence Library and receive bingo card.  They can find me in YOUmedia to let me know when they’ve finished 5 squares and collect prizes.
  • Raffles for major prizes will take place on July 20th and August 17th.  They are Citywide, so I believe ticket will be pulled downtown (they’ll have more information on this soon).  Raffle prizes include books, Bluetooth speakers, power banks, charging towers, and Google Play Gift Cards!

Teens can also apply to be a junior volunteer at the Independence Library this summer to assist the Children’s Librarians with the Summer Learning Challenge for Children.  This entails sitting at the library SLC table, interacting with young children and parents and speaking with kids about what they’ve read, data entry, assisting the children’s librarians with craft and science programs and displays, raffle drawings, and so on.  We are able to grant service learning credit for volunteering.

Maggie P. Miller | Teen Librarian – YOUmedia
Independence Branch | Chicago Public Library
4024 N. Elston Ave. | Chicago IL 60618
312-744-0900 | 312-744-1132
Pronouns: She/Her


SLC 19 Junior Volunteer Application

We Are Chicago June24-July13

We Are Chicago July14-August17

CodeDay Chicago Spring 2019

CodeDay is a competition where artists work with coders to make creative projects. Form teams, give talks, hack other CodeDays, and compete in video game tournaments, all in 24-hours! The event starts this Saturday, so act now! If you’re ready for a fun weekend, go to and use promo code LANE to get 20% off your ticket!
This event is for students, not adults. Students from middle school through college are all welcome to attend.

“Make it at DePaul” High School Summer Camp


Program Details

Make it at DePaul is a 2 college-credit STEAM course for high school students taking place this summer. The workshop runs on Mondays at 5-8pm from June 24-August 5 and will cover the design and fabrication of embedded systems and physical artifacts. Apply to Make it at DePaul 2019 by June 12.

Apply for Summer 2019

The next generation of workers will require high value skills such as critical thinking, collaborative and communicative ability, and cross-disciplinary capability. Make it at DePaul teaches students to turn their ideas into reality using design thinking strategies and maker-centered fabrication approaches.

The workshop will take place in the Idea Realization Lab (IRL), a 4,500 square foot, student-led and community-focused makerspace located on DePaul University’s Loop Campus. Students in the course will have access to CNC routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, electronics stations, woodworking tools, and professional advisors.

Camp Activities

  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • CNC Routing
  • Arduino Development
  • ESP8266 Development

To learn more about the course, including learning goals and a tentative schedule, view the syllabus.


The cost of Make it at DePaul is $1,500. This covers tuition for 2 college credits and all supplies necessary for the course, including all of the required materials listed on the syllabus.

Students admitted to Make it at DePaul will be sent information about enrolling in the DePaul course associated with the program. Full payment for the course will be due on June 14, the university due date for Summer course tuition.

Google Computer Science Summer Institute Extension program @ Northeastern Illinois University

Following message is from Northeastern Illinois University.

We are recruiting high school seniors or recent graduates who have not attended college before, who are interested in attending NEIU for the Fall 2019 semester majoring in Computer Science. We are recruiting these students for the GoogleComputer Science Institute Extension (CSSI-Extension) Programat NEIU El Centrolocated at (3390 N Avondale, Chicago, Illinois 60618) from Monday July 22- Friday, August 9, 2019. Additionally, the selected students will be part of our Computer Science cohort program at NEIU El Centro and will continue receiving holistic support during their time at NEIU including academic advising, financial support, guidance on applying for additional scholarships, career services assistance and will be able to apply for internships in the Technology Industry. 

Northeastern Illinois University is one of nine colleges and universities from around the nation—and the only institution in the Midwest—that has recently partnered with Google to pilot the Computer Science Summer Institute Extension Program during the summer of 2019. The program’s goal is to increase the number of women, underrepresented ethnic minority students, first-generation, and low-income college students in the field of computer science. Google’s three-week intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program introduces computer science to graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology. 

You can find more information about the program in the following link: There is no cost to participate in this program. All materials will be provided. However, students have to be admitted to NEIU and in addition complete the CSSI-Extension application in the link listed above, we will be extending the deadline to June 1, 2019 by Midnight. 

Summer job opening: Power Up Tech Academy

Job info:

Info repeated here:

Students who have completed their Junior or Senior year, with strong CS skills and experience, are invited to apply to Power Up Tech Academy this summer to be Teaching Assistants at our Coding, Minecraft, Robotics and Digital Media camps for ages 6-15.

You will assist an instructor in teaching, motivating, and supervising a small group of kids as they learn new tech skills in a hands-on environment. All camps also include a period of daily outdoor break time, and you will help with looking after the kids during this time too. Our campers have a lot of energy and we need you to be able to keep up with them!

We are looking for TAs who are smart, hard-working, enthusiastic and able to communicate effectively with both kids and adults. You should know at least 2-3 programming languages, and be comfortable picking up new tech skills. We also are looking for electronics and robotics experience for some camps.

This is a paid position. You will be assigned to work specific camps and your schedule may vary from week to week, including some weeks off.

To apply, please send your resume and a brief email expressing why you are qualified for this job to We will be interviewing and hiring on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged and this posting will end when the jobs are filled.

All candidates are encouraged to read about our summer camps at to understand what we are offering.


CAD CAMP presented by Design Engine

See info below from CAD CAMP.

Design Engine has over 20 years of experience training industry professionals in 3D CAD programs. Now, Design Engine will take these skills to the future minds of the industry, covering topics such as Video Game Design using Maya, 3D Printing, Web Design, Adobe Suites and more! We encourage students to go behind the scenes and explore what it takes to make the games and products they use every day, all while learning the tools for a future career in STEM.

Design Engine’s CAD CAMP: Saturday Sessions begins June 1, 2019, and is suitable for youth, ages 12 and up. Our goal is to help empower technological learning, and to cultivate your child’s interests into a passion, while supporting STEM learning processes. Additionally, we have invited representatives from some of the top colleges in the area (UIC, Purdue, Northwestern, and College of DuPage), to offer insight into their STEM programs and campus life.

Class topics include:

  • June 1st: Learning to Design Web Graphics with Adobe Photoshop

  • June 8th: Web Design Basics

  • June 15th: Learning to 3D print with PTC Creo or Solidworks

  • June 22nd: Adobe Photoshop for Photography

  • June 29th: User Interface Design for Internet (Web Design)

  • July 13th: Learning to Design Products with PTC Creo

  • July 20th: Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator

  • July 27th: Logo Design: Concept Sketching to Adobe Illustrator

  • Aug 3rd: Learning to Design with Rhino 3D

  • Aug 10th: Designing Skate Gear and Marketable Products with SolidWorks

  • Aug 17th: Video Game Design with Maya

  • Aug 24th: Learning to Design with Photoshop

  • Aug 31st: Product Design with SolidWorks

You can visit to check out our page.

Lane Tech CS Fundraiser with Peter Sagal!

Hello Lane CS community! Ever wanted to play trivia hosted by Peter Sagal from Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me while eating and drinking to raise money for Lane’s computer science program and students? Maybe for a second time because you came last year and had such a blast? I knew it! Join us on June 1st and make your dreams come true! Tickets and details at

Please share far and wide, and hope to see you there!

Trivia Night Flyer without Bitly

Wed. May 15: The Origins of Silicon Valley – Why and How It Happened

Admission: Make your reservation on IEEE website, but otherwise: Free, General Admission, open to the public

Why did Silicon Valley come into being? The story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA’s tube patents, “angel” investors, the sinking of the Titanic, Fred Terman and Stanford University, local invention of high-power tubes, WW II and radar, William Shockley’s mother living in Palo Alto, and the SF Bay Area infrastructure that developed — these factors pretty much determined that the semiconductor and IC industries would be located in the Santa Clara Valley, and that the Valley would remain the world’s innovation center as new technologies emerged — computers, then software, mobile, biotech, Big Data, VR, and now autonomous vehicles — and it would become the model for innovation worldwide.

Paul Wesling, an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, has observed the Valley for decades as an engineer, executive, resident, and educator, and has presented this talk world-wide. He gives an exciting and colorful history of device technology development and innovation that began in Palo Alto, then spread across the Santa Clara Valley during and following World War II. You’ll meet some of the colorful characters – Leonard Fuller, Lee De Forest, Bill Eitel, Charles Litton, Fred Terman, David Packard, Bill Hewlett, Russ Varian and others — who came to define the worldwide electronics industries through their inventions and process development. You’ll understand some of the novel management approaches that have become the hallmarks of tech startups and high-tech firms, and the kinds of engineers/developers who thrive in this work environment. He’ll end by telling us about some current local organizations that keep alive the spirit of the Hams, the Homebrew Computer Club, and the other entrepreneurial groups where geeks gather to invent the future. As vice president of publications for the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society for 22 years, Paul supervised four archival journals and a newsletter. He received the IEEE’s Centennial Medal, the Board’s Distinguished Service award, the Society Contribution Award, and the IEEE’s Third Millennium Medal.


Please reserve a spot for this joint meeting on the IEEE website:

Wanted: LT students for a project involving donated servers and stuff

One of our students, Robert Koch, is trying to put together a band of like-minded peers to do something with a bunch of equipment that got donated.
Here is his request:
The CS Department has received some new servers and is looking for students who would be interested in participating on a team to set them up (no experience with servers is necessary). This is a great opportunity to help the department and learn some practical skills from working with severs. We would likely meet after school once AP testing is completed. Any interested students should sign up using this form. Thanks!