Free tickets to Spacelab on Saturday

This Saturday from 10am-4pm, the non-profit Spacelab will be hosting their 5th annual Chicago Southland Maker Fest in the south suburbs of Chicago (you can read more about it in the Chicago Tribune).
If you, your families, and your friends, would like to come to the event, here’s a code  generated for complimentary tickets: THANKYOU. This can be applied on checkout at their Eventbrite website here (top right corner, “Enter Promotional Code”).
People under the age of 18 are free. Adults that would like to attend can use this code to get the tickets for free.

Explore Engineering Conference for HS Students

See info below about a great opportunity

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Monica Para (a non-Lane student) and several other students in the Chicagoland area are organizing Explore Engineering, a Chicago-based conference aimed to introduce high school students to the field of engineering and inspire the next generation of leaders in STEM.

The conference takes place at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (a school in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago) on Thursday, April 18th from 6-9pm. Registration is open. For more information, check out the Explore Engineering site

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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

See info below!

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Application Extended to Monday, March 25th!

Join Girls Who Code’s FREE 7-week Summer Immersion Program for 10th–11th grade students (rising juniors or seniors) to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. When you join Girls Who Code for their Summer Immersion Program, you’ll learn about:

· CAREERS — You’ll spend your summer at the world’s top companies, like Amazon, Twitter, Bank of America, AT&T, and more. At their offices, you’ll have access to a more engaging experience in the tech field by hearing from guest speakers, participating in workshops, connecting with inspiring female engineers and entrepreneurs, and going on fun and interactive field trips.

· SKILLS AND IMPACT — Over the course of 7 weeks, girls learn computer science through hands-on real-world projects in fields including art, storytelling, robotics, game development, and web development! The program culminates in a final project such as an app or website, where girls work together to solve a problem that is important to them, connecting the skills they’ve learned with the ability to solve real-world problems and create change in their communities.

· SISTERHOOD — As an essential member of our Girls Who Code sisterhood, you’ll learn in a supportive, all-female environment andmake lifelong friendships that encourage you to be brave, take risks, and stand up for what matters to you!

No prior experience in computer science is necessary to apply. In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides students with free lunch every day. Summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs between $300 and $1400 are also available for students who qualify.

Students can apply here.

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, March 25th!

Here is a video that reviews how to fill out the application.
Here’s a video about how to complete the stipend portion of the application.


Chelsey Echevarria

Regional Partnership Coordinator – Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin

Pronouns: she/her

727.422.1777 | chelsey.echevarria

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute Program!

See details below! There have a been a few Lane students that have participated in Google’s CSSI program and they all loved it.



Hi there,

I’m Victor Scotti, an HBCU Strategist at Google, and copied is my colleague Melissa Arguinzoni, a Pre-College Specialist at Google. You and your organization’s network were recommended organizations to help find the best applicants for the Computer Science Summer Institute program (CSSI). We’re excited to announce that the application is currently open at You are welcome to promote this opportunity broadly across multiple channels and the marketing materials attached to this note. The application closes on Monday, March 25th at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.


CSSI is a 3-week Google program that introduces rising college freshmen to computer science. We offer two programs to help prepare, empower, and support students from all backgrounds to pursue computer science at a four-year college or university starting in the Fall of 2019.

  • CSSI HBCU: This year, the program will be held at Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, AL) from June 16th, 2019-July 5th, 2019 and North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) from July 14th, 2019 – August 3rd, 2019. Through this program, students will cultivate an unparalleled community to support them in their journey to and through university

  • CSSI at Google: This year, the program will be held at 10 different Google offices across the United States. Students attend the program at one of our Google offices and experience firsthand Google’s unique and innovative office culture.

For both programs, accepted students will be assigned a program site/date and will not be able to choose. Through this program, students will develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities and learn about Google’s internships and full-time opportunities.

Program features

  • A project-based curriculum

  • Daily developmental sessions to help prepare students for CS studies and future job opportunities

  • Robust opportunities to learn and interact with Google engineers

  • 10:1 student-to-teach ratio to provide a personal learning experience

  • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities

Eligible students must:

  • Be a current high school senior

  • Be available between June 2019 to August 2019

  • CSSI HBCU: Must be considering an HBCU as one of their top three college or university choices

  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2019

  • Intend to pursue a computer science major for the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in studying computer science

  • Be able to attend every day of CSSI

Why is Google investing in historically underrepresented students at the pre-college level?
Simply put, to diversify our undergraduate hiring pipeline. CSSI’s long term mission is to promote equitable representation in tech by connecting incoming students with peers, Google engineers, CS professors, CS alum, and technologists in their local tech ecosystem.

If you have any questions, please reach out to cssi-hbcu (CSSI-HBCU) or cssi (CSSI).

Thank you!

Victor and Melissa, on behalf of the CSSI team


CS Bits and Bytes on Phishing

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Our next issue will be out in two weeks. Until then, stay safe online and otherwise!


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NU Splash – Educational Opportunity for Students at Northwestern deadline March 29th

See message below from NU:

From: Northwestern Splash <splash>

NU Splash is hosting a day of conventional and unconventional classes at Northwestern on Saturday, April 6th, and all high school students are welcome to attend! We encourage Lane Tech students to come and sample from 81 classes on everything from dance to electron microscopy of E. Coli to Greek mythology. Would you be able to help spread word about this event by forwarding the attached flyer and course catalog to any students who might be interested? Students can sign up on our website below:

Michael and the Splash Team



Kode with Klossy Camps for Young Women

See message below:


I’m reaching out on behalf of Kode With Klossy, a national non-profit who hosts two-week camps across the country to teach young women to code and inspire them to pursue their passions in a tech-driven world.

We are thrilled to share that we will be hosting free two-week long coding camps in Chicago for young women aged 13 -18 on July 8- July 19.

As a leader in computer science education, we wanted to share this opportunity with your community. We hope that the young women you reach or who participate with other STEAM organizations in your network might wish to apply to our free summer program.

In our two-week camp, young women learn to build web or mobile applications in a collaborative and creative environment focused on fostering community. In addition to direct learning, we host inspiring women in technology as part of a speaker series. The program is 100% free for students including laptops, lunches/snacks as well as transportation stipends, if/as needed.

Our application deadline is March 31 11:59 PST. Young women can apply through a quick, easy and creative application at!

Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to share this program with any other groups working with young women in your area. Attached please find a printable flyer that can be hung or otherwise circulated and shared that provides a brief overview of the program with our 2019 cities.

Our gratitude for your support and partnership. We hope to work together to empower young women, who will change the world. Let’s get them there by reaching them how to code.




Founded in 2015 by Karlie Kloss, Kode With Klossy hosts free two-week summer camps around the country that offer young women aged 13-18 to learn how to code. This opportunity creates learning experiences for young women that increase their confidence and leadership aptitude and inspires them to pursue their passion in a technology-driven world. It fosters an environment for these young women to build meaningful connections in a diverse and enthusiastic community.

Find Kode With Klossy on Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube

NxtGen High School Summer Tech Program at IIT

Please tell your students…
Illinois Institute of Technology invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend NxtGenTech Program in Summer 2019. Students will learn next generation technologies and tools and get a glimpse of the future of the Internet, computing, and the next wave of emerging technologies.
High School Summer Tech Courses – Chicago and Wheaton
Defensive Hacking
Offensive Hacking
Introduction to Hardware, Software & Networking
Game Development and Programming
Raspberry Pi – Intro
& Build a Gaming Pi
Intro to 2-way Ham Radio, Raspberry Pi & Electronics
IoT – Build a Smart House
Home Security System
Augmented Reality Application Development
IoT – Build a Gondola with
a Continuous Servo Motor
1-3 Day Courses in Chicago & Wheaton
  • All programs take place at Illinois Institute of Technology and are led by Illinois Tech faculty members or staff with assistance from select IIT students.
  • Course Fee includes lunch daily.
  • Questions? Contact nxtgen | 312.567.5900
  • Website:
Illinois Institute of Technology | 10 W 35th Street, Suite 14B, Chicago, IL 60616

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Illinois Computer Science Sail 2019

See note below from the Illinois Computer Science Sail team.


We are the staff of Illinois Computer Science Sail. Sail is an annual event that introduces high school students to computer science and student life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year, it will take place Saturday, April 6th from 9AM-6PM at Siebel Center. The event is completely free to students, and we will offer transportation to and from the Metra station in Naperville, Union station in Chicago, Oakbrook Mall, and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

Registration opens for students on March 11th and closes on March 31st.

If possible, we would love it if you could share our event with your students to encourage them to come to Sail! We strongly encourage students to register early, as buses will fill up! Additionally, registering will enter them in a raffle for free prizes! We have attached a flyer to this email with more information about the event.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at cs-sail or visit our website at

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Sail Staff