Session 4, October 20th

Today in class we discussed the High School fair that will take place the next session, November 3rd, 2018 at Holy Trinity from 11:30AM- 1:00PM. During math today, we went over all of the previous test, and discussed problems that students had difficulty on. During the Hack Shop portion, students worked on two challenges called “Would You Rather” and “Pop Quiz, Hot Shot”. Both of these challenges consisted of using code building blocks to create fun quizzes!

Makey Makey

Over these past few sessions of STEM, 8th graders started working with Makey Makeys to have an introduction to programming. One project that the 8th graders have been working on is creating a holiday Christmas card. With this project the students used the Makey Makeys and scratch to make an interactive programmed Christmas card. Another activity the students the students are currently working on is using the Makey Makeys and scratch to create some type of game controller that will be able to work with online games. First, the students need to think about an idea, write the code in scratch, and then create a game controller out of the provided materials(card board, foil, tape, glue). Overall this experience went really well for the 8th graders because they were able to gain the knowledge of programming.

Museum of Science and Industry

Last week our Hackshop students went to the museum of science and industry. When we was there we got to explore, find our way through the mirror maze, and also being able to screen print. When we finally got through the mirror maze, the students were able to get their height, and wing span which they thought was really cool. Afterwards we got to explore the museum a bit before went to our screen printing activty. Everyone seems to like the storm room because they could control tornadoes and hurricanes. Our last activity of the day was screen printing activity. The purpose of that activity was to bring the design an transfer it or shaved it into the block, then to put ink on the design to bring the image to life.

Down below are some pictures of the screen printing activity

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Beginning of A New Year

Welcome to the 2017-2018 STEM Scholars Year. We are so excited for the new year and all of the good things that it will bring. The first class will be August 26, 2017 at Holy Trinity from 9:00am-12:00pm. Below is the schedule for the rest of the school year!


Session Dates Location
1 August 26, 2017 Holy Trinity
2 September 16, 2017 Holy Trinity
3 September 23, 2017 Holy Trinity
4 October 7, 2017 Holy Trinity
5 October, 14, 2017 Field Trip- Museum of Science and Industry


5700 S Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60637

6 November 4, 2017 Holy Trinity
7 November 18, 2017 Holy Trinity
8 December 16, 2017 Holy Trinity (Christmas Party)
9 January 6, 2018 Holy Trinity
10 January 27, 2018 Holy Trinity
11 February 10, 2018 Field Trip- Shedd Aquarium


1200 S Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

12 February 24, 2018 Holy Trinity
13 March 10, 2018 Holy Trinity
14 March 24, 2018 Holy Trinity
15 April 7, 2018 Holy Trinity
16 April 21, 2018 Holy Trinity
17 May 5, 2018 Holy Trinity
18 May 19, 2018 End of Year Celebration


Today in HackShop, we are finishing up our projects and portfolios for the end of the year. The students are using basic HTML to change their portfolios to the way they want it. Some of those changes are the color of the words, the font, and the background images. Down below are some of the students unfinished portfolios.

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Free Geek

Last week, Hack Shop went on a field trip to Free Geek. Free Geek is an organization that provides recycled computers to the undeserved communities at a cheaper price. On our trip there we learned about the process of building an computer, and even got a chance to practice with some of it.  Down below you will see some pictures of the field trip.

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Livescribe Echo Smartpen

There is this new piece of technology that is out, that can be very useful especially for people who takes notes slowly during class, and that product is called the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. This is a normal ink-filled pen, but it has an extra component. That component is an audio recorder. When you are writing the notes, you can turn on this button to start recording the teacher’s voice. You can get it to your electronic device by having the pen being synced to the iPad or iPhone. This audio recorder can record up to 800 hours, and then it needs to be charged. Down below is an picture of the pen.

Those are all the functions of the pen

I personally like this pen because if you have a teacher that always lectures and you can’t take all the notes down, then you can use the pen. When you have the recording you can listen to it as many times as you like. This pen has also been proven to boost college  students’ grades up.