Learn Firebase at 2501: CodeLab

Correction:  the event occurs this Thursday, which is the 6th (the initial posting had indicated Thursday 10/8.)

Google’s Firebase is “a mobile platform that helps you quickly develop high-quality apps, grow your user base, and earn more money. Firebase is made up of complementary features that you can mix-and-match to fit your needs. ”


Firebase includes a variety of features that make it easier than ever to build and deliver sophisticated cross-platform apps; Firebase features include hosting, realtime database, authentication, messaging and more.

logomakr_0hli3nLearn the basics at a workshop this Thursday, October 6 at 2501: CodeLab in room 124 at Lane Tech;  the workshop will be delivered by Dave Hayes, Web Development instructor at Lane Tech and at UIC.

Participants will learn the basics of the Firebase infrastructure and will build a simple web application that demonstrates some features.

Because we’ll be building a web app, participants should have at least basic experience with web languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and should have some basic programming skills;  you’ll receive additional information once you register for the workshop.

Request additional information at http://bit.ly/2501fb1006




Code Shop: 2501 – CS and App Development Competitions

Code Shop: 2501 is our attempt to create a time, place and environment where students can work on projects and competitions that may not fit with any of their class-specific work.  You might be working individually, in pairs or in teams on App Development contests, Programming competitions, Science Fair projects or business ideas;  we’re hoping that Code Shop: 2501 can help connect students with resources and support for whatever projects they’re working on.

We’ll be meeting in 124 after school today (Thursday 9/22) to talk about some of the upcoming  competitions and to brainstorm how this student-led,  teacher-supported effort can move forward.

Each year, there are several interesting CS and App Development competitions that take place throughout the year, and several competitions are already under way.

Congressional App Challenge http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/
Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/
Breakthrough Junior Challenge breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
Master The Mainframe http://ibm.co/2cBQv4E

New CS Competitions and Development Club

Info meeting Thursday 9/15 at 3:45pm in room 124.
There are all sorts of CS, programming and development contests and competitions throughout the year, and we wanted to create one club that could be a home for all of them.
Here are just a few examples:
  • IBM’s Master the Mainframe,
  • CTF (Capture the Flag) contests from various schools,
  • Congressional App Challenge,
  • other App contests/challenges, and
  • the ProCom Java programming competition.
Students will be able to participate all year long or for single events, as their schedules allow.
No prior experience is necessary;  a lot of the competitions are more about ideas than specific technical CS knowledge.
And one of the most important things is to enjoy what you’re doing, so you can create a team of friends and classmates you know.
We plan on meeting on Thursdays after school in room 124.   We’ll have a first information meeting on Thursday, September 15 at 3:45 (we’re starting a little late today due to a CS teachers meeting right after school.)
And because it’s a new club, we do need people to step up to leadership roles; let us know if that interests you.

Google/CPS Hackathon


Chicago Public Schools and Google are hosting Googlepalooza’s first-ever Hackathon for students!

Teams of up to six students in grades 9-12 will compete to design and prototype an application that will improve how teachers and administrators interact with the District’s student information (e.g., grades, attendance, schedules, etc.). Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and interact with mentors from Google!


If you’re interested, let your teacher know;  each Lane teacher can register two teams of students.


Kickstarter Co-Founder Wednesday night at Till School

“Till School’s first ever Till Talk—a series of talks from creatives, makers, and builders. We’re excited to have Charles Adler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter, as our kick-off speaker. Come to the Green Exchange on Wednesday, Febrary 10, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm as Charles shares his story.  Along with this talk, we will be hosting an open house to share a bit about our design program for high school graduates to develop skills to become creative industry ready in 2-years. We partner with local organizations from around Chicago on design, research, and strategy projects allowing students to build a portfolio of real client work while also learning in the classroom.”

Chi Hacknight, January 19


More info at http://chihacknight.org/events/2016/01/19/introducing-open-grid.html

ProCom 2.o Coming to Lane Tech!

ProCom 2.0 is a collaborative effort between members of Chicago CSTA and Chicago Suburban CSTA to provide a fun, competitive, and rewarding programming experience for all participants. The competition date has been set for Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Lane Tech College Prep High School.

We can register 2 four-student teams for the competition, and we’ll need volunteers to help the event run smoothly.  Although the contest will require solutions be submitted in Java, it’s not necessary that all team members know Java;  the reasoning, teamwork and problem-solving skills developed in learning other languages (and in other endeavors) will be useful to the teams.

We’ll have a brief information meeting Thursday, January 14 from 3:30 – 3:45, in room 239;  interested teams can stay for more information on accessing the problems from last year’s competition, how to prepare and what to expect.

Read more about the competition at http://procom.strikingly.com/  ; if you have additional questions and can’t make the meeting, email Mr. Hayes directly at dphayes@cps.edu .