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Code Savvy Connections

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: A Message From Our Executive Director, Jean Weiss

As I reflect on the time of year, I want each and every one of you to know the profound sense of gratitude I feel for the outpouring of community support for Code Savvy and all of our programs. This year pushed us to rise up and get creative in how we deliver on our mission to empower students and educators with the knowledge and skills to create with technology, all while interrupting gender, racial and socioeconomic gaps in computing. We quickly worked to offer unique and creative ways to provide quality computer science programs online.

We are not slowing down - just a few highlights

  • CS to Go offers youth centered challenges that focus on creating new things with computer science

  • Bytes of Inspiration brings videos on computer science skills, best practices, new ideas, and platforms for CS education for our educator community.

  • Technovation[MN] had 45 teams submit their app to the Global Technovation Girls Challenge, 7 teams were semi-finalists and one team, CAST Technologies, was a finalist in the MN Cup competition.

  • CoderDojo is now virtual on select Saturdays starting this fall and continuing into the winter and spring

  • A new MNCodes cohort year with over 30 participants and virtual trainings over the summer

  • Our virtual MNCodes K-12 CS Ed Summit was held last weekend where over 100 attendees heard 39 presenters, and an inspiring keynote from Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork. Participants used the words “Motivational”, “Awesome”, “a wealth of shared resources and ideas” to describe the summit.

Computer Science learning and the ability to give kids ways to learn and explore from home, has never been more important. We strive to keep our high quality FREE programs readily available.

Support Code Savvy today through GIVE TO THE MAX and you will help ensure this next generation will be better equipped to think creatively and tackle hard problems head-on today and in the future. One student had this to say after participating in one of our programs, “I wish to create a community in which young women of color do not feel discouraged by science and technology and can instead begin to embrace it.” – Eagan High School, 11th Grade Student. Donate today and your donation will be matched by a generous anonymous supporter.

Again, thank YOU for making Code Savvy one of the premier computer science education organizations in MN. My wish for all is that you have a safe and healthy holiday season.

This Week's Project Inspiration Theme: Game and Puzzle Week

The third week in November is Game and Puzzle Week!

Next week is National Game and Puzzle Week and Thanksgiving. This is the perfect time to relax and get together with your family to play a fun game or complete a puzzle. You can even code your own game to celebrate or follow along with this app inventor tutorial to create your own magic 8 ball game. 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 Game and Puzzle Week! 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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