First Convening of the Computer Science Affinity Group of Chicago

Mayor Lightfoot shared her vision to have every young person in Chicago connected to a variety of rich and high-quality experiences to help them develop their talents and build pathways to the workforce, college, career, trades, and lifelong learning at the inaugural covening of the Computer Science Educators and Practitioners. Attendees from more than 40 organizations across the city convened as a community at Truman College to kick off their shared charge as stakeholders in connecting computer science programs and creating pathways for Chicago’s young people. 

Chicago’s Informal Computer Science Learning Landscape Identifying and Connecting Chicago’s Computer Science Learning Opportunities for Youth

The convening presented the first study to comprehensively map the City’s computer science landscape. Nichole Pinkard, associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, spoke about the need to develop Chicago’s community of informal computer science educators in order to answer the growing needs of Chicago’s students. The event was designed to bring Chicago’s computer science community together to brainstorm ways to develop and  sustain the infrastructure necessary to support in-school, out-of-school, and summer computer science learning opportunities.

Project Exploration Building a Computer Science Pathway

Project Exploration participated as a partner with Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative. For the past three years, PE has offered 15 students the opportunity to participate in a Spring Break Coding Boot Camp, as well as offering Swift Playgrounds, an after school program during the school year and summer.


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