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Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Our newsletters highlight a variety of people, organizations, and resources that are doing work to broaden participation and expand equitable and engaging computer science and STEM opportunities. We are honored to work in this space along with so many talented and passionate individuals and want to help bring attention to their work.  

This Week’s Spotlight and Project Inspiration Theme: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

This week, and every third Monday in January, we reflect on, remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was one of the most influential leaders of the American Civil Rights movement and we continue to look to his words and actions as a guide for social justice today.

These words continue to ring true today as technology evolves to facilitate instantaneous sharing, connecting, problem solving, and creating. Youth voices and innovations are necessary in creating positive change in our communities; we need everyone’s voices, expertise, and perspectives to help tackle today’s tough challenges.

Our work is to ensure that all students have access to equitable and engaging opportunities to use their own creative genius and the power of computer science to become creators of new technologies and innovations. We are passionate about this mission because we believe the computer science and STEM leaders of tomorrow are already in our communities. Drawing on Dr. King’s words, we are morally and ethically committed to using our work to interrupt and counteract racial, gender and socio-economic gaps in computer science through inclusive teaching and learning practices, focused programs and training and in-school partnerships.

Together with our mentors, partner educators, and youth participants, we have seen the power and positive impact made possible through creative computer science projects. Take a look at a few examples of apps created by female youth in our Technovation[MN] program: “The Power of You” and “Bridge.

Want to give app development a try? Check out this timely “I Have a Dream” app tutorial to help anyone learn step by step!

Helping all students to be able to leverage computer science to create and share their ideas is crucial for our future, and will help build a world one step closer to Dr. King’s vision.

Remember, this is just a suggestion; use your creative genius to create a personalized project!

We hope you create a CS project in honor of Make Your Dreams Come True Day! If you do, please share it with us.

Share Your CS to Go Projects!

How to Share: We invite CS to Go with Code Savvy participants to consider sharing your projects publicly with the Code Savvy and greater #MNCodes community via video with Flipgrid. We can’t wait to see what you create! Please be sure to follow online safety guidelines and get adult permission before sharing. You can find our Privacy Policy here.

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