Community Services

FREE Hands-on Computer Seminar Starting April 19th, 2018

Knowledge Systems Institute is a non-profit organization committed to providing education in Computer Sciences. We serve the north-suburban region of Chicago, metropolitan Chicago, and the NW suburbs of Chicago. KSI offers free Computer Science seminars to members of the community. We strive to present content that is up-to-date and to educate individuals who are ready to face the ever evolving challenges of technology in our time. We teach the essential ideas of Computer Science to students with little or no prior CIS experience.

The following areas are covered in free community seminars: Networking, Database Structures and Query Language, Python Programming, and Website Design. KSI instructors, support staff, learning atmosphere, and real-world examples help you apply your skills and make difficult topics much easier to understand and make traditional computer science entirely approachable and engaging.

Specific topics include:

  • The nature of computers and code, what they can and cannot do
  • How structured data works
  • Analog vs. digital
  • Digital media, images, sounds, video, compression
  • How computer hardware works: chips, CPU, memory, disk
  • Necessary jargon: bits, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes
  • How software works: what is a program, what is "running"
  • Computer code: loops and logic
  • Big ideas: abstraction, logic, bugs
  • How the internet works: IP address, routing, ethernet, wi-fi
  • Computer security: viruses, trojans, and passwords


These free courses will be held every Thursday from 6-8 PM and every Saturday from 3-5 PM starting April 19th, 2018 at 3420 Main Street, Skokie, IL 60076.

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