Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. 02.20.16

About The Event

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. takes the model of Random Hacks of Kindness to help middle school students gain knowledge of their community’s needs. On February 20, 2016, teams of 6th – 8th graders will come to the Adler and collaborate with charities and web developers to design tools that address a variety these needs. Students will work in teams including STEM Mentors, mentors from CoderDojoChi, and charity representatives to develop a prototype computer application that addresses a proposed challenge.


Register on EventBrite!

The Adler is looking for current middle school students (ages 11-14) to serve on the design teams. Students can register as an individual or sign up as part of a team.

Please sign-up online or email youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org with your full name, the number of people in your party, and your email.



Community-based, nonprofit organizations will present a challenge to be addressed at the event. Charities are expected to send at least one representative for the daylong event.


Become A Mentor!

Do you have expertise in design or mobile app development? Sign up as a mentor to help guide students through the process of designing and prototyping.


9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – Warm-up
9:30 a.m. – Charity Pitches
9:45 a.m. – Rapid Brainstorming & Team Formation
11:00 a.m. – Development Time
11:40 a.m., 12:20 p.m. – Lunch (2 separate sessions)
3:00 p.m. – Project Sharing
4:00 p.m. – Activities conclude 


1300 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605

Public Transportation

Take the CTA to Roosevelt or the Metra to Museum Campus

By Bus

#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express/Museum Campus
#130 Museum Campus (mid-May through Labor Day)

By Train

Roosevelt CTA stop servicing Red, Orange and Green lines. Offers connections to #146 bus located at State and Roosevelt Road.

For routes, schedules and fares please visit the CTA website or call 312.836.7000.

Coming to the Adler on the Metra? Visit the Metra website or call 312.322.6900 for schedule information, fares and other related travel information.

For regional travel information, please visit the RTA Trip Planner or call 312.836.7000.

Parking & handicap accessibility

Parking Lot

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Adler Planetarium or in the parking garage at Soldier Field. Metered street parking is also available.

The standard rate for the lot adjacent to the Adler is $19 per car, but rates change frequently due to activities like football games, concerts, and other special events. All parking on the Museum Campus is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking. For the most current parking information, visit the Soldier Field Parking website.

Handicapped Parking

There are several reserved handicapped parking spaces in the Adler Planetarium lot close to the accessible entrance.

Accessible Entrance

The Adler Planetarium's wheelchair accessible entrance is located at the South Box Office.

Questions? Contact youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org for more details.