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.

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 www.huskiehack.org

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

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 www.huskiehack.org

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:


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 chicagoswedu2016.splashthat.com, select student ticket, and enter the discount code "CPS_STUDENT".

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 facebook.com/ChiMakerFaire.


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 http://sail.cs.illinois.edu.

Classes are first come first serve, so signup now. Also, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/901174483333173/ .

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