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DISCOVER COMPUTING 1

Summer Session: Monday through Friday
August 8-12, 2022 – 9 AM to 1 PM

In the first installment of this two-part series, Discover Computing 1, participating 9th and 10th graders engage in hands-on sessions to explore computing concepts and tools, including web development using HTML/CSS, machine learning using Python, and data analysis, as well as develop skills in problem-solving and team-building through design thinking activities.

Discover Computing 1 is designed to support students without prior computer science knowledge or experience.

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DISCOVER COMPUTING 2

Fall Program Coming Soon!

In the second installment of this two-part series, Discover Computing 2, participating 9th and 10th graders engage in hands-on sessions to explore creative computing concepts and tools, including using code to create interactive murals, make logos, build a chatbot, and more, as well as develop skills in problem-solving and team-building through design thinking activities. Students will start their own web portfolio to highlight their programming skills. This portfolio can be added to their resume and LinkedIn profile and serves to capture their progress as developers.

Discover Computing 2 is designed for students who are enrolled in, or have completed an introductory-level CS course, or the first Discover Computing session.
Students must be able to attend all 6 sessions.

Program Description

Discover Computing 1 will be offered on Mondays through Fridays (August 8-12) from 9 AM to 1 PM for high school 9th and 10th graders.

Students will start their own web portfolio to highlight their programming skills. This portfolio can be added to their resume and LinkedIn profile and serves to capture their progress as developers. These sessions will be held in-person at DPI’s downtown office (200 S. Wacker, 4th Floor).

This program intentionally serves Chicago-area students, first-generation students, and students of color — at NO cost.

HOW MUCH? The program is FREE. Lunch provided and CTA transit cards.

Laptop or iPad devices are provided during programming. Proof of vaccination OR weekly COVID-19 testing will be required for all program participants.

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2021 Discover Computing 1 - Impact Report

Key Benefits

Cultivating Awareness of computer science and tech-related academic and career pathways.


Participating in Hands-On Workshops to explore key topics within high-demand and high-paying fields, such as data science, software engineering, and machine learning.


Planning and developing a Personalized Tech Roadmap and next steps for high school, college, and career.


Making Connections with practitioners in Chicago’s tech community and working closely with mentors from Google Chicago.


Increasing Understanding of computer science concepts, how to prepare for a career in tech, and developing problem-solving skills.