University of Nebraska – Raikes School

My name is Lilly Moore and I am a Lane Tech alumna from the graduating class of 2018. Like many of you I had a computer science focus during high school taking classes such as AP Computer Science A, Android Application Development, and Physical Computing Lab.
I know many of you upperclassmen are currently either looking at or applying to colleges and I wanted to reach out and introduce to you a school that is probably not on your radar: the Raikes School at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
The Raikes School is an elite program with a focus on computer science and business. The school was developed by faculty who previously worked for the Stanford computer science department and wanted to spread their knowledge to a less known University.
All of the specifics of the Raikes School are attached below but I figured I’d pinpoint a few important facts:
  • ~90% out of the 34 students in my cohort(class) had an internship during the summer after their freshman year.
  • 4 of them, including myself :), interned at Microsoft and spent the summer in Seattle as a freshman.
  • Every student in the Raikes School either has or is very close to having a full ride.
  • Every student goes through Design Studio during their last two years which is where they complete a project for a real-world sponsor.
  • 95% of students have a job within three months of graduating.
Aside from academics the Raikes school has introduced me to some of my best friends. It has allowed me to have the experience of a Big 10 school while still enjoying the community you get from going to a small school. It really is the best of both worlds.
The link to UNL application is located here, upon admission to the University you must apply for the honors program and select “Raikes School”.
More information about applying is located in the flier but applications are due November 1st! I’d love to see more Chicago and Lane Tech faces around here!

College Visitation Opportunity for Hispanic and Latinx Students Interested in Engineering

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My name is Adriana Gerena and I am the High School Outreach chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One major part of my position is to host a High School Visitation program, in which we host students from Hispanic/Latinx backgrounds that are interested in engineering at U of I and teach them more about the field and show them why U of I is a good option. This program is absolutely free of charge to the student.

This is a great opportunity because Hispanic and Latinx students are an underrepresented minority in STEM fields, which is something that the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is trying to change. SHPE’s mission statement is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Our High School Visitation program contributes to this by exposing students who may not have access to a lot of STEM education to engineering challenges and have them interact with students of similar backgrounds that are currently studying engineering and can give advice on various aspects of college life.

This program will occur from November 14-17 and applications will close on the 25th of October. I hope that you will forward this application to any students that you think may be interested in this opportunity! I have linked the application below. Feel free to contact me at shpe.uiuc.outreach with any questions.

Congressional App Challenge

Three Hundred Strong

In case you missed it, 300 Members of Congress are hosting Congressional App Challenges this year, smashing the previous record of 225 districts.

The mission of the Congressional App Challenge is to inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding, and computer science through hands-on practice, and we’re thrilled that this program is now available to over two-thirds of American students. This is a 35% increase over last year’s total, marking the largest singe-year expansion in the history of the program.

Freshman Members of the 116th Congress have been a major source of growth for the program. Over 75% of freshman Members of Congress are hosting Congressional App Challenges in 2019, helping to expand the challenge to new districts across the country.

Students can register and submit their applications for the Congressional App Challenge through November 1st, 2019.

Student Registration

Northwestern Coding Club

Please see message and flyer below:


My name is Blanca Sandoval, the Education Coordinator at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club. We are currently recruiting High School Students for our Northwestern Coding Program. Northwestern Computer Engineering students plan and implement activities and field trips for Program Participants.

-Starts Wednesday, September 18, 2019
**Every Wednesday:

Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at Daley College – Tomorrow!

Chicago Southside MIni Maker Faire logo
Tomorrow is the 7th annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at Daley College.  And it’s FREEEE!!!
Please share far and wide:
Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, August 2, 2019
11am – 5pm
Daley College
7500 S. Pulaski
Register for FREE tickets HERE.
By registering online before the event, you help let them know to expect you. AND you are automatically entered to win a PRIZE during the live drawing at the show!

IIT Computer Discovery Camp for 7th-9th Girls

This camp is intended for girls between 7-9th grades, who have never had access to coding or robotics. This is an excellent way for younger students to be exposed to STEM without feeling overwhelmed and build self-confidence as well!
It’s held on the IIT Mies (Main) Campus in July. For more information, please open the link below.
Applications are now available for our tenth annual IIT Computer Discovery Camp, 2019.  This is the link to the web page:
We are again offering 2 sessions this summer.  The theme is “Go Green!” Students with prior experience will be grouped accordingly.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Vida Winans
Director, IIT Computer Discovery Program
Department of Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 31st Street
Chicago, IL  60616
312-567-5334 p.
312-567-5067 f.

Intro to Python Summer Course

Information Session:
Python 101

As technology continues to innovate and play a bigger role in our economy, it is crucial to develop your technical skills. Python is rapidly becoming the world’s most popular programming language and this course will provide you the fundamental tools to get started.
Class Details:

6 Week Course
June 17 – July 29

Cost :
$600 if paid in full by 6/14
$700 if paid in 2 installments of $450 by 6/14 & 7/1