For Parents

For parents of rising 5th - 9th graders, we understand that middle school students crave the attention, advice and leadership from older positive role models and near-peer mentors who have recently walked in their shoes.

Chicago Ideas Awards

Spring 2024 youth innovation program developed by High School Students, designed to teach middle school students how to develop and pitch an idea. The program will consist of a series of collaborative think tanks culminating in an awards night on March 7th.

Sign-ups coming soon….

Awesome Summer Camp

Join our summer camp in Chicago June 17th

Teen Innovators Summer Camp! For 5-9th graders!

Location: The Chicago Connectory 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaze, Suite 570, Chicago, IL easy drop off on street level OR access from the CTA Merchandise Mart Stop.

Hours: 10 am to 2 pm 

Cost: $275 (scholarships available)

What to Expect: Camp will increase innovative thinking through… Activities, Challenges, Problem Solving, and Collaboration Boost Leadership and Life Skills Tours of Chicago Technology Companies Speakers from Industry Leaders and more…

The camp will be held at the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. Our “home base” will be the Chicago Connectory, a tech incubation space sponsored by Bosch. We will also be taking walking tours of other tech companies around the Merchandise Mart.

We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. 

Participants will boost their innovative thinking skills with a daily theme that all activities will center around.  Themes will include communication, creativity, collaboration, strategy, etc.  Activities will include challenges, company and building tours, speakers, and more!  Students will learn how to network and make new friends.

Our team is comprised of certified educators along with our certified peer mentors. All staff are background checked.

Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches. We will have access to refrigerators at the Connectory to keep lunches cold.

Yes, we will require a $100 deposit at registration. The final $175 will be due May  30.

 

The camp will be held at the Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. Our “home base” will be the Chicago Connectory, a tech incubation space sponsored by Bosch. We will also be taking walking tours of other tech companies around the Merchandise Mart.

We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. We will have a drop-off and pick-up location in the North Center area near the Brown Line CTA. We will then as a group travel to the Merchandise Mart via the CTA Brown Line. 

Participants will boost their innovative thinking skills with a daily theme that all activities will center around.  Themes will include communication, creativity, collaboration, strategy, etc.  Activities will include challenges, company and building tours, speakers, and more!  Students will learn how to network and make new friends.

Our team is comprised of certified educators along with our certified peer mentors. All staff are background checked.

Participants will be asked to bring their own lunches. We will have access to refrigerators at the Connectory to keep lunches cold.

Yes, we will require a $100 deposit at registration. The final $175 will be due May  30.

 

Join us for our weekly clubs

📆 Coding Club Tuesdays from 4-5:00 CST

📆 Chess Club Tuesdays from 4-5:00 CST

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