CS Bits & Bytes

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From CS Bits & Bytes team……

Our newest issue will give you a new perspective on your next road trip, flight, or even if you just want to dream about an adventure!

Don’t forget we all post our past issues in an archive, where you have access to our last issue and all previous issues of CS Bits & Bytes.

See you again in two weeks!

The CS Bits & Bytes Team

Northwestern’s High School Project Showcase

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Application is Open! 

12th Annual High School Project Showcase

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The last day to submit applications is April 30th, 2019

Northwestern University’s Office of Community Education Partnerships(OCEP), in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, will be hosing the 12th annual High School Project Showcase on May 29, 2019.

High school students from Chicago-area schools will be invited to submit their research, engineering and/or design projects. Those selected will display their projects as part of the Northwestern University’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition.
The online application is open! All high school students from Chicago-area schools are encouraged to apply today.

Projects don’t have to be complete before submitting an application to attend.

Send any questions to: OCEP@northwestern.edu

Northside Mini Maker Faire!

Apply for the 8th annual  Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

The Call for Makers (that includes students!) is extended to April 15th

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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 15th.
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!
(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.)

2019 BP Student Ideas Competition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial


Full details at http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/competition.

The 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites young people to respond to the following question:

How would you transform a vacant or underused space in your community?

The competition is sponsored by BP America and organized by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, in partnership with the Chicago Public Library. The competition welcomes submissions that explore ideas about architecture and the built environment from a wide range of disciplines including design but also the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. Strong entries will be community specific, imaginative, and exhibit a creative use of materials.

Please see the competition manual for complete details.
Entries must be uploaded to the submission page.
Consent Forms: (English) (Spanish)

January 28, 2019     Competition registration opens
April 12, 2019             Registration closes; submissions due by 5:00pm CST

Winners will be announced and celebrated at an awards ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center in Spring 2019.

Seeking Instructors for fun summer STEM Programs!

See opportunity below. Likely for college students but I bet if you’re a senior and interested, they’d talk to you 🙂


Project Exploration a Chicago-based nonprofit science education and youth development organization launched in 1999 to address the inequities in access to high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) opportunities in out-of-school time. Our mission is to create transformative learning opportunities for youth underrepresented in the sciences — particularly students of color and girls — by equipping them with the skills, practices, and mindset needed for a lifelong pursuit of learning.

This summer we are offering a free, eight week STEM Camp on the west side of Chicago! We are searching for 25 qualified instructors who are involved in STEM and love to work with kids. Candidates should be available to start working in late May through the middle of August. The position is seasonal with an option to continue during the next school year. Hourly wage, rates from $15-$20 per hour depending on experience for up to 25 hours per week. College students, recent college grads are welcomed!

Interested? Contact Surika Pillay at spillay@projectexploration.org 

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 https://explore-engineering.netlify.com

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