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

High School Summer Tech Programs at IIT

Learn more about next generation technologies at Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) summer tech courses for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors (and technically advanced freshmen with IIT Staff approval) in Wheaton and Chicago. Early registration is encouraged as courses fill quickly. Details below…

Wheaton Location: Rice Campus — 201 E Loop Rd, Wheaton

1-day courses

$40 for 1 course / $25 each for 3 or more / $280 for all 14 one-day courses
– Intro to Programming & Visual Design using Processing Language – Monday, June 16

– Intro to Arduino & Wearable Computing – Tuesday, June 17

– Using Arduino to Recreate a Simon Style Game – Wednesday, June 18

– Intro to Internet of Things (Wireless & Mesh Networking) – Thursday, June 19

– Creating a Solar Powered Clock with Arduino – Wednesday, June 25

– Creating a Visual Command Center with Arduino – Thursday, June 26

– Build a Server and Install Linux, Unix or Windows – Monday, July 7

– Intro to Linux OS – Tuesday, July 8

– Intro to OS Virtualization, Configuration & Automation – Wednesday, July 9

– Install of Gentoo Linux – Thursday, July 10

– Learning the Python Language via Team Programming – Monday, July 14
– Build a Python bot with Thursday, July 17
– Using Python to Understand & Defend Your Network – Monday, July 21

– Team Python & – Thursday, July 24

Wheaton Location: Rice Campus — 201 E Loop Rd, Wheaton

2-day courses

$75 for one 2-day course / $50 each for 2 or more
– Creating a Sensor Network & Platform for Use in a High Altitude Weather Balloon –
Monday, June 23 & Tuesday, June 24
– Python Game Programming: Part 1 & 2 – Tuesday, July 15 & Wednesday, July 16
– Learning Violent Python for White Hat Hackers: Part 1 & 2 – Tuesday, July 22 &
Wednesday, July 23

Chicago Location: Main Campus — 3440 S Dearborn St, Chicago

1-day courses

$40 for 1 course / $25 each for 3 or more / $160 for all 8 one-day courses
– Learning the Python Language via Team Programming – Monday, July 7

– Build a Python bot with Thursday, July 10

– Intro to OS Virtualization, Configuration & Automation – Monday, July 14

– Install of Gentoo Linux – Tuesday, July 15

– Intro to Programming & Visual Design using Processing Language – Monday, July 21

– Intro to Arduino & Wearable Computing – Tuesday, July 22

– Creating a Sensor Network & Platform for Use in a High Altitude Weather Balloon –
Wednesday, July 23

– Using Arduino to Build a Solar Powered Clock & Environmentally Aware Bike
Messenger Bag –
Thursday, July 24

Chicago Location: Main Campus — 3440 S Dearborn St, Chicago

2-day courses

$75 for one 2-day course / $100 for 2
– Python Game Programming: Part 1 & 2 – Tuesday, July 8 & Wednesday, July 9
– Learning Violent Python for White Hat Hackers: Part 1 & 2 – Wednesday, July 16 &
Thursday, July 17

Recognition Night Dinner & Presentations:

– Wheaton: Tuesday, July 29 — 6:30-8:00 PM

– Chicago: Thursday, July 31 — 6:30-8:00 PM

Details & Registration at or contact us at 630.682.6000

Courses are from 9:00 am to 4:00 PM.

Registration and availability are on a first-come basis.

Students are responsible for their own lunch. All programs are at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

2 locations: 201 East Loop Road in Wheaton, IL or 3440 S Dearborn Street in Chicago All programs are led by IIT faculty members or staff with assistance from select IIT students.

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