Invitation to NSBE Innovation Lab

See details below.

We would like to extend this special invitation to you and your student(s). The National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a special event at the Sheraton Grand, Saturday, Sept. 30th. This free event will showcase innovations from Argonne Labs, Project Syncere, Baxter, Fermi Lab, KDM Engineering, Imagine-It Tech and more! Attendees will be able to see the latest in technology play fun, interactive STEM-based games, talk to our engineers and design innovations of their own!

All ages are welcome!

Please register for this event @

Space is limited, so register today!

NSBE Chicago Professionals – PCI/NSBE Jr. Chair

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P.O. Box 8304, Chicago, IL 60680-8304

Congressional App Challenge – Chicago


The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is open for submissions from students in 204+ congressional districts across the country. Students can create and submit their own original apps for mobile phone, tablet, or computer platforms. Apps will be judged by a panel of local community leaders engaged in STEM fields. Winners run the chance of being invited to Washington, DC, and having their apps featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.

There are currently 204+ Members of Congress from 45 states signed up to participate in this year’s Challenge. To see if students from your area are eligible to participate, click here.

More information and submission guidelines are available at

PDF With details HERE

Wolfram Summer Programs Applications Open

Their summer program is for high school students aged 17 or younger.
Apply now to the Wolfram Summer Programs for Science, Technology
& Innovation!

The Wolfram Summer School is a unique educational and career
opportunity to learn and do projects at the frontiers of science,
technology and innovation. Take part in hands-on learning–from
applying Wolfram’s unique approach to creative ideas to turning
those ideas into research, products and companies.

This program will be held from June 18 to July 7 at Bentley
University near Boston, Massachusetts. For more information and
to apply, please visit:

The Wolfram High School Summer Camp is a project-oriented camp
for high-school students, introducing them to cutting-edge
programming, computational thinking and innovative technology.
The camp is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial and
STEM-minded high-school students to learn how to develop and
explore science and technology.

This program will be held from June 25 to July 7, also at Bentley
University. Students must be age 17 or younger as of July 7,
2017, to be eligible. For more information and to apply, please

For details, please visit the FAQ pages or contact us at

Carol Cronin
Education Administrator

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".

Innovation in Education Scholarship

Innovation in Education Scholarship

Innovation in Education Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for the Innovation in Education Scholarship?

  • Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
  • Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
  • Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
  • The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.

How much is the Innovation in Education Scholarship worth?

The Innovation in Education Scholarship is worth $500!

When is the Innovation in Education Scholarship application due?

All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.

For the official rules, click here.

Best of luck to all who apply!

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Open to the public…


Chicago, Illinois – In association with Chicago Artists Month, on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger will debut to the public plans for their interactive public art light structure, The Wabash Lights. This interactive and informational reception will be held at the downtown office of Gensler Chicago. The event is open to the public.

The Wabash Lights is a site­ specific lighting concept planned for the Wabash stretch of elevated train tracks (L) between Madison and Adams. The creators envision this work of public art will create a unique district in the heart of Chicago using the CTA’s L tracks as a canvas for a dynamic light experience.

Putting the Public in Public Art

The Wabash Lights’ LED tubes will be customizable in color, duration, brightness, and cadence. Typical light installations are created by a singular, commissioned light artist and pre­-programmed to run a set sequence. The Wabash Lights website will seek submissions from citizens of Chicago and the world to program snapshots, sequences, and interactivity into the canvas of light.

Wabash Lights designers Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger will lead a progressive discussion to explain the concept, logistics, and engage the audience in an interactive discussion about this transformative, inclusive, and first­ of ­it’s­ kind piece of public art. Food and drink will be served.

RSVP “yes” at

Wednesday, Oct 29 2014

6:30pm – 8pm

11 E. Madison Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602

Jack & Seth

Payton Starlink Global Program

July 1st – July 17th, 2014 online
July 19th – Aug 3rd, 2014 a total of 16 days in Chicago

Walter Payton College Prep High School is partnering with Starlink Global Education to host the second Starlink Payton Global Summer Program for students to develop intercultural awareness, multilingualism and global competency. We developed three courses: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, How Computers “Think,” and Creative Communication: CHAT. We plan to invite to each class up to 15 American students and 15 Chinese students to participate in one-to-one pairings, a home stay with US families, intensive learning and cultural adventure activities, and full preparation for their college education and career development in this interdependent world.

  • Students: Grades 9 through 12 (Knowledge of the Chinese language is not required.)
  • Location: Walter Payton College Prep High School – 1034 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL
  • Date: 7/19 – 8/3/2014
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



  • Intensive Academic Learning: Innovation, Computer and Communication
  • A Culture Exchange: Host a Chinese Student in your home
  • Field trips linked to classroom learning: University, museum, business, and culture visits with lunch included.
  • Refer a Friend: Join the Starlink Payton Global Summer Program, refer a friend, and you will receive a $25 referral fee.

General Field Trips(tentative and subject to change):

  • China Town Tour and Lunch
  • Blue Man Group
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Bike Tour or Segway Tours of Chicago
  • Baseball Game – White Sox or Cubs
  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • John Hancock Observatory Deck
  • Lake Michigan Water Taxi
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Millennium Park

How Computer “Think” Course Description:

This course is designed for students who have a desire to explore how a computer is able to “think” and who are interested in advanced topics in computer science and electrical engineering. Many students miss the forest for the trees with standard CS curricula, and this course aims to restore the big picture. The course objective is to integrate key notions from algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, compilers, and software engineering in one unified framework. This will be done constructively, by building (in a simulator) a general-purpose computer system from the ground up. In the process, we will explore many ideas and techniques used in the design of modern hardware and software systems, and discuss major trade-offs and future trends. Throughout this journey, you will gain many cross-sectional views of the computing field, from the bare-bone details of switching circuits to the high level abstractions of the many digital computing systems we interact with every day. This course is based on the “Elements of Computing Systems” course developed by Shimon Schocken (Harvard University).

Additional Field Trips (subject to change):

  • Pumping Station One
  • Google Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry Fab Lab
  • Inventables
  • 1871

Instructor: Jeff Solin

Mr. Solin is a member of a small team of Computer Science educators that successfully helped create a path for CS education in all of Chicago Public Schools. Through NSF funding to support the effort, his group built and maintained relationships with district leaders, university professors, and teachers. The resulting program, Taste of Computing, now reaches thousands of Chicago high school students with more to come. The work became the basis for the newly announced partnership between CPS and

Mr. Solin’s awards and additional background include:

  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Instructor, Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
  • Recipient and co-organizer of Chicago CS4HS grant for local CS education conference
  • Co-Founder and Board Member of nation’s largest Computer Science Teacher Association’s Chapter in Chicago
  • Scholarship recipient to attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
  • University of Chicago Outstanding High School Teacher Award
  • Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award
  • Golden Apple Award Nominee
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership, American College of Education
  • B.S. Computer Science, Ohio State University

Creative Communication: CHAT

Students will develop communication “action” skills in the China-Chicago Action Team (CHAT) such as writing, public speaking, and presentation design that will improve their college readiness and propel them into a career in global business. Our creative objectives include: 1) learning to trim writing so that it is more persuasive; 2) presenting more creatively using technology; 3) using video equipment to create visuals, d.j. equipment to produce beats and mixes, and computer editing programs to create broadcasts and podcasts to improve public speaking skills; and 4) creating blogs and an online newsletter to emphasize a positive social media presence.

Projects will be hands-on and will include creating a 30-second elevator speech, using the Minto Pyramid Principle effectively based on the Harvard Business School Model, creating music mixes with a professional d.j., broadcasts and radio segments to improve speaking and listening skills, writing concisely and persuasively online in collaboration, and engaging in field trips to media outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, a public relations firm, and a radio station. These collaborative communication skills will help students develop longtime global connections with their peers from different backgrounds and prepare them for college and the business world.

Additional Field Trips (subject to change):

  • United Center
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago radio stations with d.j.
  • Public relations firms
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Broadcast Journalism

Instructor: Michelle Mowery

Michelle Mowery has been an educator in university and high school settings for 23 years after a career in journalism and communication. She earned an A.B. and an A.M. in English Literature with departmental and special honors from the University of Chicago and later earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with special honors from Loyola University. Early in her career, she worked as a journalist for several newspapers with a weekly column, as a writer for the St. James Press, where she published The International Directory of Company Histories, as a Publicity Director for a non- profit agency, and as a weekly cable television show host. Finally, she worked as a grant writer, planner, and administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and Chicago before beginning her teaching career. As a teacher, she was a Lecturer in English at St. Xavier University, North Park University, and Loyola University Chicago where she taught writing and literature classes for 13 years. She then served as English Department Chair at two local high schools before joining Walter Payton College Prep High School as an English and journalism teacher and Senior Events Coordinator.

Ms. Mowery’s awards and additional background include:

  • Instructor of Journalism and Literature at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development summer program
  • Master Teacher with National Board Certification
  • Mentor for the Chicago Public Schools program for National Board Certification
  • Founder of Safe Humane Chicago Youth Leaders, an anti-violence program that instructs students about the connection between violence to animals and violence to humans
  • Excellence in Service award from Chicago Public Schools for a service-learning project
  • Special Service Award from the Chicago Police Department for an anti-violence program
  • Most Notable Teacher award from St. Xavier University for over 10 years of service in teaching and curriculum development in the Adult Education Program
  • Scholastic Press Association awards for student publications, Paw Print and PNN
  • Youth Narrating Our World grant for student journalism program from McCormick Foundation
  • Illinois Media Awards grant for student journalism program
  • Speaker at Tech Talk 2014