College Visitation Opportunity for Hispanic and Latinx Students Interested in Engineering

Please see message below..

My name is Adriana Gerena and I am the High School Outreach chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One major part of my position is to host a High School Visitation program, in which we host students from Hispanic/Latinx backgrounds that are interested in engineering at U of I and teach them more about the field and show them why U of I is a good option. This program is absolutely free of charge to the student.

This is a great opportunity because Hispanic and Latinx students are an underrepresented minority in STEM fields, which is something that the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is trying to change. SHPE’s mission statement is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Our High School Visitation program contributes to this by exposing students who may not have access to a lot of STEM education to engineering challenges and have them interact with students of similar backgrounds that are currently studying engineering and can give advice on various aspects of college life.

This program will occur from November 14-17 and applications will close on the 25th of October. I hope that you will forward this application to any students that you think may be interested in this opportunity! I have linked the application below. Feel free to contact me at shpe.uiuc.outreach with any questions.

Congressional App Challenge

Three Hundred Strong

In case you missed it, 300 Members of Congress are hosting Congressional App Challenges this year, smashing the previous record of 225 districts.

The mission of the Congressional App Challenge is to inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding, and computer science through hands-on practice, and we’re thrilled that this program is now available to over two-thirds of American students. This is a 35% increase over last year’s total, marking the largest singe-year expansion in the history of the program.

Freshman Members of the 116th Congress have been a major source of growth for the program. Over 75% of freshman Members of Congress are hosting Congressional App Challenges in 2019, helping to expand the challenge to new districts across the country.

Students can register and submit their applications for the Congressional App Challenge through November 1st, 2019.

Student Registration

Northwestern Coding Club

Please see message and flyer below:


My name is Blanca Sandoval, the Education Coordinator at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club. We are currently recruiting High School Students for our Northwestern Coding Program. Northwestern Computer Engineering students plan and implement activities and field trips for Program Participants.

-Starts Wednesday, September 18, 2019
**Every Wednesday:

Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at Daley College – Tomorrow!

Chicago Southside MIni Maker Faire logo
Tomorrow is the 7th annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at Daley College.  And it’s FREEEE!!!
Please share far and wide:
Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, August 2, 2019
11am – 5pm
Daley College
7500 S. Pulaski
Register for FREE tickets HERE.
By registering online before the event, you help let them know to expect you. AND you are automatically entered to win a PRIZE during the live drawing at the show!

IIT Computer Discovery Camp for 7th-9th Girls

This camp is intended for girls between 7-9th grades, who have never had access to coding or robotics. This is an excellent way for younger students to be exposed to STEM without feeling overwhelmed and build self-confidence as well!
It’s held on the IIT Mies (Main) Campus in July. For more information, please open the link below.
Applications are now available for our tenth annual IIT Computer Discovery Camp, 2019.  This is the link to the web page:
We are again offering 2 sessions this summer.  The theme is “Go Green!” Students with prior experience will be grouped accordingly.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Vida Winans
Director, IIT Computer Discovery Program
Department of Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 31st Street
Chicago, IL  60616
312-567-5334 p.
312-567-5067 f.

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

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