Web-Making Workshops at the Adler

Learn basic web-making at the Adler in 2014!

Web-Making for Civic Action: Apply today!

Want to use the power of the web to make change in your community? Apply to be a part of the Adler's Web-Making for Civic Action workshops!


From January to May, the Adler Planetarium will offer beginner-level hacking workshops to teach you the basics of the web development process and to help you use these skills to build an issue-focused website by the end of the course. See below for full program dates and schedules.


Space is limited! Apply online by Friday, December 13, to be involved in these exciting workshops.


Participants will receive a stipend for their time and transportation costs, to be paid in installments over the course of the workshops. Participants who do not fulfill the attendance requirements of the program may not receive the full stipend.

Program Dates

All workshops take place at the Adler from 1-4 pm on Saturdays unless otherwise noted. Additional times for drop-in hours will be scheduled as needed.



  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 1*
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 1
  • March 8*
  • March 15
  • March 29*
  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3



*These sessions will be hosted by partner organizations at locations other than the Adler as a part of the Civic Youth Hack Initiative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take this course?

Currently, we will accept applications for any currently enrolled Chicago high school student who can commit to keeping the above program dates available.


What will we be learning?

This is designed to be a beginner-level course in web-making. We will be covering basic HTML and CSS as well as the web development process. We will also be working with partner organizations Free Spirit Media and Mikva Challenge to learn about civic issues and use content produced by their youth participants to build our websites.


When will I find out if I am accepted into the workshops?

Applicants should find out their status within a week of the application window closing. Those applicants accepted into the workshops must provide a background check form, a W9 form and a signed letter of commitment. We reserve the right to take applicants off of a waitlist if spots open up or accepted students are unable to provide the above forms by the stated deadline.


Do I need to bring my own laptop?

Nope! The Adler will provide all hardware and software necessary for the workshops.


How does the stipend work?

We are fortunate enough to be able to offer stipends for participants in this session. Those stipends will be paid out over the course of the sessions, pending completion of each section. In order to be able to pay out these stipends, we will be collecting W9 documentation from accepted students.


Got more questions?

Email youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org to get in touch with Adler Youth Programs staff!



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