2017 Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Applications must be submitted by April 10, 20167by 11:59pm (CST).

Here is the link to the 2017 SWE Chicago Section High School Senior Scholarship Application.

Open to all/any Female High School Seniors or Junior College Students that plan to major in engineering or computer science.

• Applicant must be a female.
• The applicant’s home must be in a zip code with these three numbers as the first three digits: IL 600-608, 610-611, and 613; IN 463-466.
• The applicant must be a freshman, re-entry or transfer student accepted into an engineering or computer science program at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2017 semester.
• The applicant’s unweighted grade point average must be a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
• School Transcripts must be sent by your school. School Officials can submit Transcripts via U.S. mail or e-mail as a .pdf to: SWE Scholarship Committee swechicagoscholarship

Ethical Hacking for Teens

Robert Morris U. is working with Northwestern U. to bring an Ethical Hacking session for high school students to the Escape conference this coming May. This is a pretty cool workshop that they have run in the past, and this year they are setting it up specially for CPS students.
Please complete this interest form so that the organizers can get in touch. Based on interest, they will decide whether to create one or two sessions. There is a limited amount of space in the sessions, and registration will open closer to the date (May 6, 2017).
More info:
The Escape conference is an annual meeting in the area of data science and sports analytics. The Ethical Hacking session covers how the “bad guys and gals” create viruses, use wrappers, crack passwords, and exploit vulnerabilities in network devices (computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones) and information networks.  This course will help participants understand how to protect themselves and others against malicious users on the Internet while exploring the world of information technology.
You can read more about the conference and last year’s Ethical Hacking session here.


Scholarship: The Search for Hidden Figures

If you’re a female with talent in STEM who hasn’t yet been recognized for her great work or potential, this is your chance: Tell us how you’ll use STEM to change the world, and you could win $50,000 in scholarship money, plus exciting opportunities that will help you pursue the work you love. We have two opportunities—junior and professional—so choose the age group that’s right for you and apply by Dec. 10!


Fifty for the Future Award

Nominations are open for 2016

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) announces that the search for this year’s Fifty for the Future® for this year.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self- nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 10th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation’s work with industry and academia in bringing real world experiences into the classroom to assure a steady stream of future technology workers and leaders for Illinois.

The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before March 15, 2017.

Student Self Nomination

Students are encouraged to self nominate themselves. The process is simple and takes less than 15 minutes to complete the nomination form. Students are evaluated on characteristics like leadership, communications skills and community involvement. The Foundation believes strongly that LinkedIn is the resume of the future, therefore this years nominees are encouraged to build out their LinkedIn profile. We have provided a couple of tutorials below to assist you in that process. Once your nominations is complete it will be automatically forward to the faculty member identified on your application. Your instructor will certify that you are a student in good standing and worthy of this award. Your application and LinkedIn profile will be reviewed by a group of judges from the information technology community.

For more details and to self-nominate, go to http://illinoistechfoundation.org/itf-programs/fifty-for-the-future-celebration/.

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award – Deadline 11/7

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

Award for AiC LogoThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.

Each local Affiliate Award program taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance Members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women passionate about computing.

Quote from Award RecipientApplications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open.

Apply Now!


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:

  • She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
  • She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household).

Applicants may reapply each year, but can only receive the National Award once; Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.


Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an Award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.

Each National Award winner receives various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 3-5, 2017 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.

Application Details

To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration.

Then, students can apply online beginning September 1, 2016 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 7, 2016.

You may preview the application in English before you get started. You may also want to review the application how-to guide. Parents can review the approval how-to guide as well. For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit our FAQ page.

Additional Rules

Winners of the National Award are required to submit additional paperwork, including a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information. Failure by National Award recipients and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork, book travel within the allotted time, or attend the Bank of America celebration may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder. To the extent required by law, Bank of America will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099.

NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.

Note: Any Lane Tech CS teacher will gladly endorse and / or help you with your application. We will also offer at least one session to answer questions about the application.

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.”   https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

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 http://bit.ly/2501fb1006




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.