NIU Hack for Change and Huskie Hack

Northern Illinois University will be hosting Hack for Change on June 4th as a free event from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Holmes Student Center. NIU and Tech Bark, are the first nationally recognized University Brigade with Code for America. Attendees will be able to form teams, work in pairs, or solo, addressing national and local challenges in Civic Hacking. Registration now!

Mark the Date for Huskie Hack- a 24 Hour event taking place at NIU’s Holmes student center. Join over 300 hundred students, representing middle and high schools, colleges and universities from across the mid-west. This free event, sanctioned by Code for America and Major League Hacking is an integrated learning and problem solving event involving coding, making, and of course fun! Registration will be posted in July, for now follow us on

FEMMES Open House: 5/20

The University of Chicago Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES) is delighted to invite you to our second annual Open House on May 20th!

At the Open House, you will be able to meet the board, learn about our events, and ask questions about our organization or STEM opportunities in general. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here if you plan on attending.

When: Friday May 20th from 4-6pm
Where: Social Science Quad (1126 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637). The quad is located directly North of the Social Science Research Building.

CS Education Day at Northwestern University this Wednesday (May 11th)

Please come to the CS Education day on 5/11.

Anyone interested in these topics is welcome; lunch and breakfast are
included. Please forward this message to anyone you think might be

The talk lineup is:
– Felleisen, "Developing Developers"
– Fisler, "On Planning and Programming Languages"
– Horn, "Blocks and Stickers: Rethinking Computational Literacy
Experiences in Informal Environments"
– Horswill, "What do we teach when we teach computer science?"
– Lewis, "Bias and institutional barriers in CS: Tips for
identification and mitigation"
– Weintrop, "Computer Science Education at a Crossroads: Understanding
Introductory Programming Environments"

More information, including abstracts, bios, and logistics is available here:

Code for Change – June 4th

Join Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) student organization Tech Bark as they host Hack for Change on June 4th, 2016 at the Holmes Student Center at NIU’s campus in DeKalb. Register Now!

Why participate?

Educate your community on the importance of civic hacking

Find creative solutions to local issues in your community

Be part of a national collective experience addressing national and local issues in our communities – Hunger, Housing, and Business Start-up

Northern Illinois University and its student organization, Tech Bark, is the only nationally recognized University Brigade in Code for America. As part of Code for America, Tech Bark and NIU can leverage coding resources and experience of experts involved in civic hacking throughout the USA. This year, Code for America has prepared several Brigade Challenges that we’d love help on. These challenges are related to getting a better idea of what digital government services are like and how they differ across the country.

Challenge: Applying for Food Stamps

Help us make it easier for residents to get the help they need to buy food.

Challenge: Applying for Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is important, but not easy to apply for – let’s see how we can improve the process.

Challenge: Applying for a Business License

Starting a business means new jobs and better neighborhoods. Let’s see how hard it is to do that and improve it.

Not sure you want to work on these issues? No Problem! Begin with a problem close to your heart and see what you can do to make it better!

Join community members, local students from DeKalb County area middle and high schools, along with NIU and other college students to Hack for Change! No experience is necessary, simply bring your desire to participate, innovate, and hack for solutions that bring about positive Change!

Brigades are volunteer groups who partner with local governments and community organizations to address local civic issues.

Brigades collaborate with their local governments and community partners because:

The private sector has evolved exponentially over the past decade adopting new technologies and new ways of working, however, local governments have fallen behind.

Brigades apply 21st Century Government Principles to important local problems.

Brigades approach local challenges in partnership with government using iterative, data-driven, user-centered approaches.

It’s not always about an app; it’s about partnering with governments to work on principles of 21st century government that build key capabilities, exciting local citizens to get involved in their government, and showing what’s possible with those connections and meaningful collaboration towards human impact.

The Brigade program provides a framework for organizing a network of people who are interested in raising their hands to use their skills for good, increase civic engagement and improve their communities.

Register to attend this FREE event today!

[hacking, social good, civic hacking, free, NIU]

Startup Weekend Education – Free Tickets

Most of how we learn hasn’t changed in over 200 years – you’re grandparents likely sat in desks, aligned in rows and did homework out of a textbook just like you. As students, we’re counting on you to reimagine what school might look like.

Join us (for FREE) at Startup Weekend Education (May 13th-15th). SWEdu brings together a wide-range of people committed to making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, and build sustainable solutions with the help of experienced coaches and mentors.

Think Shark Tank but it one weekend – at an awesome venue (the 1871 building – the hub of Chicago innovation) and with an amazing network of people (folks who have successfully launched their own education startups in Chicago). Prizes include a trip to the ASU/GSV conference and work space at 1871. To register for free, go to, select student ticket, and enter the discount code "CPS_STUDENT".

Service hours to work Dyson Foundation table at Northside Mini Maker Faire

Volunteers needed. Service hours available.

Students will be helping participants of the Northside Mini Maker Faire (click link for date / time) construct a marble run out of cardboard boxes and struts. Participants will be challenged to create a marble track that allows the marble to run continuously for 60 seconds. Lane Tech students will be assisting participants with their marble runs, deconstructing completed runs, and helping draw people to the JDF table. A more detailed description of the activity is attached.

If interested, contact Emily Shuki at


Collaborative Maker Exhibition Workshop, Saturday, May 21st, 10am -12pm

click here to register

If you want to exhibit at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, and would like your exhibit to somehow connect to or be part of a collaborative experience, come join other makers as we workshop ways to:

  • Co-exhibit
  • Collaboratively design an exhibit
  • Create exhibits that naturally connect to others
  • Highlight connections between your exhibit and another

We will examine themes (art, motion, larger than life, your idea?) to help get your creative juices flowing, then break into groups to develop the ideas that resonate with you. By the time you leave, you should have identified potential partner(s) and have enough of a plan to update your existing application to be a maker!

Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 – Noon

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

(Includes admission for you and 2 guests, plus parking for one vehicle)

click here to register

Why a meetup?

We value our makers’ feedback and at our 2015 debrief, you told us you wanted opportunities to engage with each other BEFORE the event, as well as opportunities to collaboratively plan your exhibits.

How to register:

Before using this Eventbrite link to register, you will need to apply for the 2016 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. You will need your maker ID number to register. Don’t worry, the application is non-binding and you have total control over its content.

What to bring with you:

Your creative muse, a tangible item that illustrates the types of things you enjoy creating, your maker ID#, and an open mind.

Who is this for?

Any maker who wants to infuse collaboration into their exhibit!

Participation Required?

Absolutely not! This workshop is entirely optional, but it will be a fun way to engage with other makers as you plan for your exhibits.

I have more questions! Who can I ask?
You can email us at info, Tweet us @ChiMakerFaire, or Facebook message us at


Tentative Agenda

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome, Introduction, Ninja

10:15 – 10:20
Review existing makers and planned attractions

10:20 – 10:30
Theme-centered brainstorming

10:30 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:30

CS @ University of Illinois

CS @ ILLINOIS Sail, which is coming up on April 9th.

Sail (formerly known as Splash) is a CS outreach program in which students will spend the day on campus at UIUC taking courses taught by current Illinois students. They can choose their own schedule, with classes ranging in subject from learning how to make their own website to general college advice and various silly courses. All meals will be provided on that day, and there will be transportation available from Woodfield Mall, Oakbrook Center, Buffalo Grove, Union Station, and Naperville.

Some of the example classes are

  • Quizditch: Harry Potter Trivia
  • Beyond the Books
  • How to Get a Job in the CS Industry
  • Intro to Android Reverse Engineering
  • Computer Vision: It looks Magical but It’s Not Magic

… and a whole bunch more!

Please help us spread the word and encourage your students to register at

Classes are first come first serve, so signup now. Also, RSVP at .

We’re excited to host them and hope that they’ll take this opportunity to explore our campus and get a taste of CS @ ILLINOIS, while meeting other high school students interested in STEM and current Illinois students.

Contact cs-sail if you have any questions!

Calling All Makers!!! The 5th Anniversary Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is Here!

It’s the 5TH ANNIVERSARY of the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire?! And the Call for Makers is OPEN! Got an idea, a weird hobby, or a cool project? Come show your stuff! It is FREE to participate as a maker, and the earlier you submit, the more likely you will be chosen for a Maker feature.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

DEADLINE to Apply: April 1st (Not a joke!)

To summarize Maker Faire briefly, it is the world’s largest Do-It-Yourself festival, celebrating the inventions, technologies, arts, crafts, literature, science, hobbies, and ideas of anyone who likes to create. Chicago Northside Maker Faire focuses on inspiring students to work with their hands and show others to do the same. We welcome especially hands-on experiences, workshops, learning and teaching of any form, and young makers!

Here are the ways you can participate:

1) SHOW your stuff! If you or some you know have a cool project to share, please SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.

Proposals are due by April 1st.2) VOLUNTEER for CNS Maker Faire HERE. We need help signing in guests at the door, handing out goodies to those who donate, helping makers setup, and directing traffic. All volunteers get free lunch and free hugs!

3) ATTEND the fifth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, bring your friends and family! Reserve your FREE tickets today. (Donations are welcome through Eventbrite and at the door if you wish to help support those who are unable to pay, and keep this a free event.)

4) Any individuals or companies who wish to CNSmakerfaire for more information.

Follow us on Facebook and @CNSmakerfaire and spread the word! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you all there!

Christina Pei & The CNS Maker Team

NOTE: Any ICL student can use the LTMaker lab equipment for free (and possibly be provided with materials) if you are involved in this event. See Mr. Solin to discuss further.

NOTE2: Poster Attached.


CNS-MMF _ 2016_Poster.pdf

Lane Tech Women in CS Conference 2016

The Women in CS Conference 2016 Registration opens Monday! Everyone is welcome!

Want to network with computer science and technology gurus or learn "How to Be A Tech Billionaire" from our Keynote Speaker and Oracle Consulting Manager Lily Gulik? In an effort to recruit more students into the field of Computer science Lane Tech High School is hosting it’s second annual Women in Computer Science Conference. This conference is designed for any high school students to experience different avenues of computer science through workshops conducted by professional females in the CS field. Space is limited for the workshops, RSVP by February 3 by registering at: PDF attached as well.

Conference details:
Lane Technical High School
February 6, 2016
Registration 8:30-9am
Conference 9-11:30AM
Questions/Clean up 11:30am-Noon

The Conference features workshops and speakers by Oracle, Power Reviews, 8th light and Girls Who Code. Each young woman will hear our Keynote Speaker Lily Gulik and attend two 40 minute computer science workshops.

Featured workshops:
Workshop: Intro Drawing with Processing
Workshop: Data Structures in Java
Workshop: What is Data Analytics?
Workshop: Intro into EarSketch-CS Through Music Remixing
Workshop: Intro Android App Development-Making a music App in Android Studio
Workshop: Visual Manipulation- Intro into Patterns of Design in Software

Women in CS Conference 2016.ppt