National Cyber Security Awareness Month

“October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.”

UIC is focusing on increasing users’ awareness and understanding of Phishing scams this year, with a weekly page highlighting important information.   Take a look:

UIC CS Open House Monday 10/10

From the UIC CS site:

The best way to find out more about us is to attend one of our open house gatherings to see our department and meet some of our faculty and staff. These gatherings are targeted towards prospective students who are currently either high school juniors or seniors or are considering transferring from a community college. Parents and friends are also welcome.

Open House gatherings will be held on the dates shown below, many of which are days when Chicago Public Schools and some suburban districts do not have school:

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




Huskie Hack – FREE Campus Event November 5-6, 2016

Students in high school and middle school are invited to register to attend Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Hack which will take place November 5-6, 2016.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students from the region to mix and mingle while working on coding, design and engineering projects at NIU’s DeKalb campus. This is a free (pre-registration is required, along with parental permission) 24+hour event that exposes students to the design process, utilization of critical thinking, and opportunity to look at the history of computing, making, and innovation through the last half century. This is an interdisciplinary event that encourages those who have never coded, worked with robotics, or delved into technology and its relevance to today’s workforce skills to investigate and participate in a non-threatening and safe environment.

For additional information, questions, or concerns please contact tlrogers or call 779-777-7724. Registration is open and students from middle school and high school (with parental permission) will have priority in acceptance to the event. Meals will be provided throughout the event. Students will compete for awards and recognition. Fun activities are planned to engage the right brain and left, while leaving room for students to discover computing at their own pace.

Flyers attached.



Pocket Con – Saturday October 8th, 12-6pm

Pocket Con on Saturday October 8th, 12-6pm.

What is Pocket Con? In their own words…

Pocket Con is a free single day convention for Chicago youth brought to you by a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and LoKari Productions. It focuses on work by artists of color, particularly African American authors and artists, as well as comics with a primary character who is Black. Pocket Con also features work in the comic genre by other underrepresented groups, such as women, Latinos, LGBTQs, and other minorities. We have a strong belief in Indie comics and publishing, and welcome small press and self published authors as well as those involved in related forms of expression and interest, such as webcomics, animation, small-budget film-making, video game design, and zines.

Our mission for this event is primarily to promote literacy using the graphic novel format, reflect on the history of race and gender portrayal in comics and film, and introduce characters, writers and authors who have a different voice than the primarily white, primarily male, primarily straight characters written by generations of comic authors (themselves primarily white, straight, and male). We would also like to empower young writers and artists by introducing them to the collaborative process that is comic creation, and encourage them to produce and submit work of their own for contests at the con.

The convention hosts a "Maker Space" that will give teens a chance to experiment in a variety of media, from vinyl stickers, to cardboard and leather mask construction, to 3-D printing.

Engineering Round Robin

Engineering Round Robin at University of Illinois hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

The event is called Engineering Round Robin, and it is a day-long event for middle and high school girls to get to participate in fun engineering activities, interact with other girls who share their interests, and ask questions to current college students who are women studying engineering! Check out the flyer below.

NIU Huskie Hack – Novemeber 5-6, 2016

Flyers attached for more details…

Northern Illilnois University will be hosting Huskie Hack 2016, a 24-hour coding and technology event that is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The event will take place November 5-6, 2016 at the main campus in DeKalb, IL. Students from middle and high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to the event. Registration is now open and additional information can be found at

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


HACK Parental_Consent_Form_and_Waiver_of_Liability_Agreement.pdf

Virtual Hackathon June 24-25 for Young Women

B~STEM Project is ramping up for a 48 hour virtual hackathon We Hack Too powered by Microsoft on June 24-25 for young girls and women, in collaboration with Kelly Services OCG.

The 48 hour hackathon, includes a 1-day multi-city event on June 24th in Microsoft stores (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and New York). Each city will be hosted by a local news reporter, leading tech professionals serve as mentors and judges. The 1-day event is a Product Development & Design Incubator experience where high school and college level teams pitch their product’s go-to-market strategy to judges at the end of the day.

We Hack Too Flyer.pdf

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.


Robotics Try-Outs!

Attention Lane Tech Students only:

If you are interested in being on a Robotics FIRST FTC team, tryouts will be after school on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Please fill out this form if you are interested in trying out and Mr. Durham will send the try-outs schedule by the end of this week. Once try-outs are completed Mr. Durham will send out the official X-Machina registration to all new FTC applicants. As long as you register for X-Machina, whether you make any of the build-teams or not, you are part of the FRC program and will have opportunities to build robots throughout the year and during the FRC season.

Email Mr. Durham at with any questions

Application at: