Motorola Mobility Partners With Project Exploration for Spring Break Engineering Camp
Weeklong Immersion in Product Design and Engineering for 24 Girls From Funston Elementary
Chicago — Monday, April 6th – Friday, April 10th, Project Exploration (PE) and Motorola Mobility will implement a STEM Engineering Exploration Camp for twenty-four 6th–8th grade girls at Logan Square’s Funston Elementary School, with support from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Women from Motorola Mobility will mentor the girls, leading engaging hands-on activities focused on product development. Topics will include research, design, prototype creation, and marketing. Using the engineering and design principals they encounter, participants will invent and design their own unique products, and create presentations that highlight their usefulness.
The program includes field trips to Motorola Mobility’s headquarters at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The program will culminate on April 10, 2015 when students will pitch their product design to Motorola executives during a “shark tank” style presentation.
"One of the Motorola Mobility Foundation's biggest initiatives is to increase access to STEAM curricula, so it’s very exciting to introduce girls in the community to STEAM skills and career paths. We’re delighted and honored to partner with Project Exploration for the upcoming Spring Break Engineering Camp." – Eve Bills, Motorola product manager
Project Exploration programs at Funston are provided in partnership with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and include Sisters4Science (a weekly afterschool program where girls meet a variety of female scientists), and the upcoming 2015 Summer Science Camp.
Says LSNA’s Lissette Moreno Kuri, Director of Community Learning Centers: “The Logan Square Neighborhood Association is very excited to offer our young girls a program that introduces them to positive role models, stimulates their minds, and encourages them to think about science careers. We here at LSNA cannot over emphasize the importance of community partners like Project Exploration to strengthening our community, and we hope that our partnership continues to grow in other Logan Square schools.”
By providing girls with a nurturing environment to encounter science, the program aims to encourage them to:
- Develop higher self-esteem about their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and decisions
- Understand the roles that contribute to research, product management, design, and engineering
- Improve their communication skills through the process of sales, marketing, and informing others about their product
In recognition of their achievements, girls who complete the program will earn digital badges.
For more information, please contact: Project Exploration: Syda Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org Motorola Mobility: Monica Hauser, email@example.com Logan Square Neighborhood Association: Maria Trejo, firstname.lastname@example.org Funston Elementary (LSNA): Amy Agosto, email@example.com
2ND WARD RUNOFF CANDIDATES TO DEBATE MARCH 24
Candidates in the Chicago runoff election for 2nd Ward alderman will face off March 24 at Columbus Elementary School. 1003 N. Leavitt St.
Crain’s Chicago Business political editor Greg Hinz and Chicago Tribune reporter Hal Dardick will moderate the forum.
Candidates in the April 7 election are the top two vote-getters in the six-way Feb. 24 primary race
- Brian Hopkins - former aide to Cook County Commissioner John Daley.
- Alyx Pattison - lawyer, local school council representative , former aide to Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
The format will allow open-ended questions with follow-up, as well as direct questions between the candidates. Propose questions for the panel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is sponsored by the East Village Association, the Noble Square Home Owners Association, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association and the Wicker Park Committee.
Ward boundaries stretch from Lake Shore Drive to Oakley Boulevard and Huron Street to Wrightwood Avenue. Mayoral candidate Robert W. “Bob” Fioretti is the incumbent.
Bring your neighbors: The debate will start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Parking is available in the school lot across from the entrance. Please enter the building on the west.
CAN TV will be covering the event live. It will be seen on cable channel 27 and streamed at cantv.org/live.
Check your registration status, find your voting place and learn about early voting at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website.
There's a runoff election April 7. If you watch TV, you've might have heard about the mayor's race. But if you live in the 2nd Ward, mail carriers bring daily reminders about the aldermanic runoff.
Candidates Alex Pattison and Brian Hopkins squared off March 24 at Columbus Elementary school, in a debate moderated by the Chicago Tribune's Hal Dardick and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business.
Thanks to CAN TV for video of the event, and to principal Wendy Anne Oleksy, organizer Steve Niketopolous and EVA co-sponsors the Noble Square Home Owners Association, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association and the Wicker Park Committee.
Photos from the event are on the EVA Facebook page.
If you haven't voted in the redrawn ward, look up your polling place.
Free energy advice will spark the conversation at Monday's East Village Association meeting.
Outreach coordinator Malory Giraldo will discuss Elevate Energy's free assessments to save energy and water. They're available to two-flat and apartment building owners, along with rebates and grants for energy improvements.
The nonprofit also administers ComEd’s Residential Real-Time Pricing, which prices electricity by the hour for homeowners to save at off-peak periods.
CAPS coordinator Molly Murray will answer questions on police staffing, an issue in Tuesday's mayoral and aldermanic runoffs. Chicago Police hiring has barely kept pace with retirements, and remaining officers have been working more overtime.
The West Town Chamber of Commerce is circulating a petition seeking to retain foot patrols on Division Street and Chicago Avenue. The two beat officers often are assigned to other beats.
The meeting starts at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott.
Catherine Garypie and Gladys Anselmo review photos destined for the Chicago History Museum.
In its 30-plus years, the East Village Association has generated a substantial paper trail: Countless letters to city officials tell the stories of everything from graffiti paint-outs and crime watches to landmarking and tree plantings. And there were barbecues, holiday parties and protest marches. It's quite a history.
But it was also likely to have disappeared into obscurity. Organizing these files is a formidable task, and the documentation was scattered in the basements, attics and garages of various former officers.
Now, that history will be available in perpetuity to future researchers of urban development, as part of the archives of the Research Center at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
The Research Center is interested in East Village’s role in citizen action movements and community and neighborhood life, saving the Goldblatt's Building (now the West Town Branch library at 1625 W. Chicago Ave.) and helping start a community land trust (the Frankie Machine garden at 1800 W. Haddon St.).
Records of our work on these and other issues will join the over 22 million Chicago and U.S. history artifacts in the Research Center collection.
Board members spent time organizing these materials for the Research Center to evaluate. Many thanks!