TechGirlz Event – Introduction to JavaScript

More info:

Event run by Conversant. Please email Patrick Stearns with any questions. Thank you!

JavaScript is what makes the web move. JavaScript is used to make apps, interactive websites, responsive animations, web games… pretty much whatever you can think up.

In this course, you will learn the basic concepts of JavaScript, learn to talk directly to your website, and create your own JavaScript program using Chrome Developer Tools (DevTools) or Launchbox!

Note: We are conveniently located near both Metra stations and the Washington & Wells el station. Please report to the lobby. Materials and snacks will be provided.


Date: April 5
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


101 N. Wacker
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program – URGENT

Tomorrow is the last day!

…for early acceptance.


Don’t miss out on your chance to join our Girls Who Code 2019 Summer Immersion Program. This is a reminder to submit your application by TOMORROW for our early acceptance deadline February 15th.

About the Summer Immersion Program
Our Summer Immersion Program is a free​ ​7-week introductory computer science ​program ​for​ ​10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high school. During the 7-week program, participants​ ​learn​ about ​computer science,​ ​gain​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​tech​ ​jobs,​ ​and​ ​join​ ​a​ sisterhood​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​who​ ​are​ ​using​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​to​ ​become​ ​change-makers.

Lane Tech Perspective
At Lane, we’ve had quite a few girls go through this process. It’s been overwhelmingly positive and there really does seem to be a sisterhood vibe that’s built over the 7 weeks.

Paid Digital Learning Internship for Teens at the Field Museum

Teen Open House Registration:
Apply to the internship:

The Field Museum has a great opportunity for your students at Lane and all students in and around Chicago. This year’s paid internship works with paleobotany and an Arduino-based project that students work on for six weeks starting in July.

The students will look at ferns from the past and present and then create the digital project based on their interests relating to the fossils that interest them. I’ve attached a flyer if you’d like to share with your students! If there is interest, we have a Teen Open House this coming Monday (2/18) where students can hang out at the Field with us and learn more about the internship as well as other great opportunities to get involved.

Guest Speaker – Terian Deveyra


This event has been postponed due to the uncertainty of the next few days. We’ll reschedule it for after the break. When that occurs, we’ll post a new blog post for it.

Terian is a graduate of Lane from 2008 and has gone on to do great things. Her last position was as a software engineer at Github. Her talk will be to dispel the reputation that CS is really hard. She’ll be using examples from her personal journey and talk a bit about other challenges she’s overcome. The talk will be 30 minutes with some time afterwards for Q&A.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to major in CS, pursue a career in CS, or if you have concerns about being a minority in a field that is predominantly white and Asian men, come attend and meet Terian Deveyra.

Date: Thursday, 12/20/2018
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Room 124

SHPE|UIUC Spring 2018 High School Visitation Application

Every semester the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites accepted high school students to spend 3 days on campus to learn about opportunities in higher education and strategies that would help maximize their potential.SHPE UIUC’s High School Visitation Program (HSV) aims to motivate minority students to pursue a higher education and increase the quantity of minorities in STEM fields.

HSV will take place from Thursday, March 8th to Sunday, March 11th.
Lodging, transportation from Union Station in Chicago, and food will be provided, FREE OF CHARGE.

If you would like to find out more about either the Fall (preference 9th thru 11th graders) or Spring (Seniors only) High School Visitation or SHPE|UIUC, please contact SHPE|UIUC’s High School Outreach Chair, Oscar Ortiz, by email at or by phone at (312) 933-6322.

This application MUST be completed by Thursday, March 1st, 2018. However, students are strongly encouraged to complete the application as soon as possible. You do not need to accept your admission into UIUC to apply to the program.

If you cannot meet the application deadline and want to partake in HSV, please contact the Outreach Chair as APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DUE DATE WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT THE OUTREACH CHAIR’S DISCRETION!

Once accepted you will receive an acceptance email. Acceptance letters will be send by March 2nd at the latest.

If you are accepted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not respond to the email or phone call, we will give the position to another student who wants to attend.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about campus life, experience living in a dorm, talk to current students that were in your position, witness a Tesla Coil concert, meet other admitted students like yourself, and much more!

 Note: You do not have to be Hispanic. The even is simply hosted by the SHPE.

Look into The Future of Computing with Professor Rick Stevens

11th Annual Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence
Professor Rick Stevens

Associate Laboratory Director of Computing, Environment and Life Sciences 
at Argonne National Laboratory
University of Chicago Senior Fellow and Computer Science Professor in the Computation Institute
The Future of Computing and its Impact on Science and Society

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Rick Stevens addressing the current and future state of computing and its expected impact on science and society during the next 10 to 20 years.

Since the 1940s, computers have shaped big questions in science and made significant impact on everyday life, from routine weather forecasting to the Internet. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, computing is poised for a broader and more fundamental transformation of human society. From the reality of self-driving cars to the wonder of ubiquitous AI and utility of the Internet of Things, the next generation of computing technologies will change the way we work, the way we live and how we think about education and health. Individuals will have access to the computing and analysis capabilities of entire research labs of the past and possess the ability to work on problems, create teams and build businesses anywhere in the world.

The widespread deployment of these emerging computing technologies will displace millions of jobs yet open up countless opportunities for those able to adapt. The way we approach scientific research—and even what it means to know something—will change, our relationship with machines will evolve, and our underlying view of the world will be altered.

Dr. Stevens believes these changes can help us improve the lives of people everywhere if we are prepared and have a clear vision. Advances in computing will drive and build on advances in genomics, biotechnology, 3D printing, energy storage, materials science and quantum information to yield a technological landscape that will challenge our imaginations. And yet, with sufficient work, he believes this new and amazing landscape will yield a vast array of benefits for humankind.

Since 1999, Rick Stevens has been a professor at the University of Chicago and, since 2004, an associate laboratory director at Argonne National Laboratory. He is internationally known for his work in high-performance computing, collaboration and visualization technology and for building computational tools and Web infrastructures to support large-scale genome and metagenome analysis for basic science and infectious disease research. He teaches and supervises students in the areas of computer systems and computational biology. He co-leads the Department of Energy national laboratory group that has been developing the national initiative for Exascale computing.

At Argonne, Stevens leads the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) Directorate, which operates one of the top supercomputers in the world. Prior to that role, he led the Mathematics and Computer Science Division for 10 years and the Physical Sciences Directorate. He and his group have won R+D100 awards for developing advanced collaboration technology. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters and holds several patents. He lectures widely on the opportunities for large-scale computing to impact biological science.

More information on Stevens is available here.

The Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence program was created by a gift to Parker in honor of engineer, industrialist and philanthropist Robert A. Pritzker ’44. This program aims to expand science education opportunities at Parker and foster an ongoing dialogue among students and teachers about current issues in science. Previous recipients include Dr. Leon M. Lederman, Dr. Paul Sereno, Dr. Russell Mittermeier and Christina Mittermeier, Dr. Edward “Rocky” Kolb, Dr. Ka Yee Lee, Dr. Don Hillebrand, Dr. Matthew Tirrell, Dr. Elizabeth Gerber, Dr. Sian Beilock and Dr. Wendy Freedman. $2500 Scholarship

How to Enter:

  1. Answer our scholarship question in 400 – 500 words (response must be written in English).
  2. Put your answer in a Google doc, with your name and year in college at the top (high school seniors allowed).
  3. Fill out our form.
  4. Submit by May 1st, 2018.

In 400 – 500 words, answer the following question:

Has technology caused you to feel more included in your community, or excluded?

We’re looking for essays that incorporate unique ideas, personal stories, and feelings about the role technology plays in your life.

Here are some questions to get you going:

  • How do you use technology in your professional or academic life?
  • How do you use technology in your social life? How do those around you use technology?
  • Does technology assist or hinder your productivity?
  • Are you required to use technology? In what ways?

To Be Eligible:

  • You need to be a resident of the United States.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior or currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college in pursuit of a associates degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or university enrollment.
  • If you’re a graduating high school senior, your GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • If you’re in college, your GPA must be 3.0 or above. If you’re in graduate school, you must either have a 2.5 GPA or above or a “Pass” in a Pass/Fail grading system.
  • You can’t be related to anyone on the Rover staff, but you can be related to someone who’s a pet sitter or dog walker on Rover.

Entry is subject to the official rules and conditions, which you can access here. As further set forth in the official rules, your entry grants us full permission to republish and otherwise freely use your entry materials and your name and likeness in order to promote Rover or other third parties.

How to Win:

Your essay will be judged based on:

  • 50% = Thoughtfulness of response
  • 30% = Relevance to prompt
  • 15% = Quality of composition
  • 5% = Grammatical accuracy

There will be one winner, granted $2500.

We’ll choose and notify the winner by May 31st, 2018, and we’ll mail the winner a $2500 check.

Huskie Hack – 24 Hour Hackathon

Huskie Hack for Health & Wellness

November 4-5, 2017

Holmes Student Center

A 24-hour continuous computer and technology event promoting innovation and design in 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 coding and technology event that is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges.  Students from middle and high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to the event.  A flyer is attached advertising the event.  Registration is now open, and additional information can be found at

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.

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.   Volunteers are also needed for the event to fill mentorship roles and workshop/TedTak presentation spots.  If interested in volunteering, please contact tlrogers@niu.eduabout opportunities.  For questions, feel free to email or call 815-753-2090.

This free event is student centered and will provide an opportunity for team competition in making and coding.  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.

Please feel free to share with others in your school or district.  This is not limited to computer science or technology focused classes but open to all students interested in an innovative approach to critical thinking and innovation involving health and wellness.

Reality Revolution: The Future of Tech and Entertainment

There is a FREE networking and social event tomorrow, 9/7/2017. One of your own, Doriana Othman, will be there. She has been interning with Sugar Gamers and has asked me to extend an invite to all Lane students.

The event is called Reality Revolution: The Future of Tech and Entertainment. Here’s the blurb from the EventBrite page:

What’s next in the future of tech and entertainment? The evolution of the immersive human-to-machine interface is being pioneered right now AND YOU NEED TO BE PART OF THIS.
Stay on the “bleeding edge” and help shape the future. Join our discussion about the careers, individuals, and communities that are innovating. Voxelles + Sugar Gamers + ChiVR will be discussing what’s next for being part of the future of tech and gaming.
Featuring ChiVR, Sugar Gamers, and Voxelles: Chicago’s Women in Game Development.
Sarah Sexton – Microsoft Tech Evangelist, Voxelles Co-Founder
Keisha Howard – Advocate Entrepreneur, Sugar Gamers Founder
Elina Vanyukhina – talent scout, ChiVR Founder
VR – Artist, Animator, Game Designer

The event is free to attend but you must RSVP: