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NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all in-person programs have been canceled. We will resume our on-campus Pre-College daytime programs in the summer of 2021.

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Workshop Overview

Students will construct a gondola (like a small ski lift) with Circuit Playground Express and a continuous servo motor. The students will code their Circuit Playground Express so the gondola can carry small items between points. Students will create sensors that use light, sound, or infrared signal to start and stop the gondola.

Students will keep the Circuit Playground Express kit that is included in the price of the course.    

Who Should Attend

This NxtGen IT and Cybersecurity course is open to any high school sophomore, junior or senior, as well as those technically advanced incoming freshmen who receive Illinois Tech staff approval. No prerequisite knowledge is required; however, it is recommended that students have some technical knowledge. Students practice hands-on basic techniques and continue into advanced techniques while building small project-based websites and web applications.


Jeremy Hajek an industry associate professor and a graduate and undergraduate adviser in the information technology and management program at Illinois Tech. He is also the director of the Smart Tech: Embedded Systems Lab at Illinois Tech.