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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.  

Reflection - #stopasianhate

Since news of the horrific shooting in Atlanta last week, our thoughts have been with the victims, their families, and all others who have been harmed by the ongoing attacks against Asain Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We stand with our AAPI students, educators, and community members, and condemn these attacks, and the racism, sexism, and AAPI hate that drives them.

To learn more about what you can do to help or get involved, please visit Stop AAPI Hate and the Learning for Justice Resources on helping students understand racism against and respond to AAPI people.

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Women's History Month

Spotlight on Women’s History! This week’s focus is “Women Who Helped Open Doors

For the next month, we will shine our spotlight on the contributions of women in history, culture and society.

This week’s focus is “Women Who Helped Open Doors”

Billie Jean King is an American tennis player who went on to win over 39 major tennis titles. While this accomplishment is amazing in and of itself, it is her relentless pursuit for the rights of women in sports that make her a woman of history to note.

King’s advocacy in women’s school, amateur, and professional sports helped move them from being a novelty to ensuring equity in participation and pay, enabling the ability of women to attain scholarships, and provide increased opportunity. There had been many great women athletes before King, but she helped make it more acceptable for girls and women to be athletes. She also became the most prominent female athlete at the time to come out as a lesbian.

Thank you Billie Jean King, for spar-‘king’ the athletes in many of us.

As you practice coding this week, can you create a sports inspired project? Maybe you could follow some Scratch Tutorials to create a Pong Game and customize it to be more like tennis. Or you could animate some sprites to make it look like they are playing a sport together. Be sure to share whatever you come up with!

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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