Bit Space Summer Internship

Bit Space is looking for a few interns for their Bit Space summer camps at both Lincoln Square and Whitney Young locations.  Interns must be 16 years old.


  • Company:  Bit Space (Youth Maker Lab)
  • Position:  Summer Camp Intern
  • Hours:  Mon-Fri 11:00-6:00 (or 10:00-5:00)
  • Dates:  June 26-August 25 (9 weeks)
  • Location:  Bit Space Lincoln Square (2541 W. Lawrence Ave.)  OR  Whitney Young HS (211 S. Laflin St. in the West Loop)
  • Description:  Assisting guides in our maker lab during summer camps.  Will be working with kids on projects, assisting with lunchtime and aftercare, and general workshop upkeep.
  • Wage:  $9 per hour
  • Requirements:  16 years old.  No experience necessary (but experience with tools/computers and/or working with children a plus)
  • Desired Qualities:  Responsible. High interest in making/designing/building. Enjoy working with children.
Interested candidates should  provide a resume, a short cover letter, and can contact:
Michael Hurley, General Manager
Bit Space
Phone:  (630) 881-2076 (cell)
Phone:  (773) 654-1691 (office)

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

* Must be a high school senior *

Kick start your university studies in computer science with an unforgettable summer program at Google. Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.

CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

As CSSI students, you will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop your very own application with fellow participants that you will showcase to Googlers in local offices.

You’ll attend the program at one of our Google office locations and experience firsthand Google’s unique and innovative office culture.

Applications are currently open and the deadline to apply is Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. Please apply via this link.

CSSI partners with the Generation Google Scholarship that supports students becoming leaders in computer science. Students selected for the scholarship are required to attend CSSI. Check out the scholarship website to learn more.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with an interest in computer science an opportunity to learn what their future career might hold and inspire them to complete their work towards a technical degree.
  • To help students develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities and better prepare them for studying computer science or closely related fields.
  • To help participants begin building important personal networks and friendships with a diverse group of students who share their passion for technology and computer science.
  • To give students an inside look at Google’s unique environment, community and culture.

To learn more about Google’s computer science education efforts, visit

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2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit (Girls 14-17)


Applications are now open for the 2017 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, taking place July 22-29, 2017. The application is open to teenage girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in Chicago or one of its 28 international sister cities.

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an educational forum in Chicago to help grow a new generation of global leaders. Participants from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities are empowered through workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership. The Summit encourages young women to become active leaders in their communities and develop solutions to the challenges girls face around the world.

The Summit consists of a one-week summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14–16. It is an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants are made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds and are positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future. As emerging leaders in their own communities, the summit equips the girls to become agents of positive change in the world.

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

Please share with anyone who may be interested!

Women in Engineering Summer Program

UIC is launching the Women in Engineering Summer Program for high school students this summer 2015. It is open to all high schools, public and private, but we are targeting a specific group of students. The program is designed for rising juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher with grades of As and Bs in math and science courses. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to learn more about the different fields of engineering through hands on projects and field trips; and that ultimately they will consider studying engineering at UIC. For further details, you check out the webpage here: You can also check out the attached flyer for more information.

WIESP 2015 Flyer.pdf

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