December 2nd. Google HQ Event – Cracking the Code for Ages 14-18 FREE

December 2nd. Google HQ Event – Cracking the Code for Ages 14-18 FREE

The Field Museum’s Youth Council is excited to announce the first curioCITY of the year, Cracking the Code, featuring guest speakers Erica Zahnle, DNA Educator Researcher at The Field Museum and Oren Livne, Engineer at Google. Erica and Oren both built their careers around code, but how they got started in their careers and how they use code on a day-to-day basis couldn’t be more different.

From a beginning in Museum exhibitions to career shift to DNA research to growing up in Israel and moving to the United States, learn about how Erica and Oren’s career pathways have evolved. Members of Youth Council will co-facilitate the conversation and teens are highly encouraged to ask questions.

 Schedule of events:

5:30-6:00pm – Pizza and socializing

6pm – Program begins

7pm – Program ends


 Register Here:

Scholarship Opportunities

Attention Seniors!!!

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley 2017 Scholarships are now available.

Visit the website ( for a full listing of 2017 scholarships.

Click on the link below for the African American Heritage Advisory Board Henry Cowherd, Jr. Scholarship application.

Applications for the 2017 Scholarship Program will be available starting November 21, 2016. The deadline for submission of a completed application will be February 6, 2017.

Hackers Invitation

Hackers Invitation

Hour of Code Flyer

Whether you have never coded before or already know how, this event is for you. Everyone will work to hone their coding skills and use them to make a difference.  New coders will learn to code in less than 90 minutes and then make their own games. Experienced coders will take part in a mini-challenge with other students to solve a universal issue that impacts students of all ages – bullying/harassment.


This short event is only 3 hours long but will include a workshop introducing Java as a programing language.  Students can then work on developing a game, an application, or social media campaign to address bullying/harassment in their schools and/or communities.


For more information and to register visit  Registration is limited to 50 students.  This is a bring your own computing device event.


Come hack with us.  Extend a coding invite to those who may be interested.  We can all learn together.



Questions?  Feel free to reach out.


Tracy – AKA Hack “Mom”


Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Ms.Ed.

Outreach & Engagement Specialist

P20 Center

Northern Illinois University

444 E. Hillcrest, Suite 230

DeKalb, IL  60115

PH:  779-777-7724

Fax:  815-517-0264