Thanks to Adler Planetarium & Civic Hack Day This Weekend

Thank you Adler Planetarium for Twitter chat yesterday! Visit @MishaMalyshev1 on Twitter to view the conversation.

As a reminder, Civic Hack Day is this weekend!



Adler Engages Students, STEM Professionals to Build, Design, and Innovate to Help Address Civic Issues 

The Adler Planetarium will host Civic Hack Day, presented by Teza, on May 31 through June 1, 2014, as part of the nationwide National Day of Civic Hacking. Hack Days bring together young people and groups of software developers, designers, scientists, engineers, artists and those who like to find creative solutions to challenges in their communities. As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, the Adler will engage Chicago youth, mentors and highly skilled STEM professionals in producing technology solutions to civic issues that affect low-income communities.

“Through Hack Days we leverage the power of many minds to improve our local communities,” said Michelle B. Larson, Ph.D., Adler Planetarium president & CEO. “Civic Hack Day at the Adler is an opportunity for Chicagoans to combine creativity and technology to change our city for the better.”

Participants will be divided up into categories including:

• Problem Owner – Individuals and organizations from the community that present problems affecting the lives of Chicagoans.

• Hacker – Problem solvers of all kinds – designers, engineers, scientists, programmers, artists, technicians, educators, tinkerers, carpenters, welders, tradesmen or anyone who can help the teams create solutions to the presented problems. Hackers and Problem Owners must register at

•The teams will also address issues identified through a partnership with Mikva Challenge, a local nonprofit that engages youth in identifying community challenges and developing solutions, and Free Sprit Media, a nonprofit that provides educational experiences for teens in media production. The Adler, Mikva Challenge and Free Spirit Media will together bring problems to teams based on projects the organizations have researched, designed and built around school culture, juvenile justice and youth employment.

Additionally, guests ages 12 to 20 can participate in a series of workshops designed to embody the spirit of hacking. These workshops include:

• Design A Planetarium Sky Show – Using Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope, the same tool used by the Adler’s show design team, participants will design and build a sky show. This workshop will take place from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on May 31.

• Project Z: How to Stay Fashionable During a Zombie Apocalypse – In the post-zombie apocalypse world, humans do not have many raw materials to work with, and all new clothing and accessories must be fashioned out of old materials. In this challenge, participants will be tasked with transforming recycled materials into trendy outfits. This workshop will take place from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on May 31.

• Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge – Instead of finding an easy solution to a hard problem, this challenge will task teams with creating a machine that performs a simple task through a series of creative cause-and-effect steps. This workshop will take place from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. on May 31.

The Adler’s Hack Day events are designed for two main audiences: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, who are motivated to share their skills and passion with others; and curious and motivated youth, ranging from middle to high school. While the individual activities vary in style, the overarching objective is to have fun and raise awareness for science and technology as tools for innovation.

On November 15, the Adler will host the second annual Girls Do Hack event. Partnering with community and youth organizations and the Chicago Public Schools, the Adler will invite teams of young women to the museum to work with role models in STEM-related fields.

Teza is the presenting sponsor of Civic Hack Day and Girls Do Hack. Founded in 2009, Teza is a science and technology driven global quantitative trading business headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York and London.

“Similar to how we operate at Teza, Civic Hack Day encourages participants to ask questions, think creatively, and focus on solving complex problems through technology,” said Misha Malyshev, Ph.D., Teza CEO. “As active supporters of STEM education, we are proud to support this important initiative to ensure that Chicago continues on a trajectory of achievement and excellence.”




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