Every Saturday, October 15th – November 12th from 9 AM – 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.
Every Saturday, January 21st – February 25th from 9 AM – 1 PM
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.
Discover Computing is a two-part program series designed to build a deeper and more diverse pool of students pursuing computer science and tech-related fields of study in Illinois. If you’re interested in learning more about technology, coding, design thinking, and problem-solving skills, this program is for you!
During this virtual information, you’ll get to learn about Discover Computing, how our unique program works, the key benefits for students, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Register below!
Students and all caring adults are invited (family, mentors, teachers, counselors).
Click the links below to register for the following session(s).
Monday, September 12th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Register Here
Wednesday, September 21st, 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Register Here
Wednesday, September 28th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Register Here
This two-part program series is a partnership with Google Chicago and Wright College to help early high school students build interest and awareness in pursuing computer science and tech careers while building their personal Computer Science Discovery Journey. Students will work with DPI staff, Google mentors, and Wright College near peer mentors; and develop skills in problem-solving and team building through human centered design thinking activities.
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.
Participants must attend a mandatory virtual orientation, Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to noon.
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.