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Updated: Sep 28, 2021

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Our search continues for our next Technovation[MN] Program Director reporting to the new Code Savvy Executive Director. This role leads our Technovation[MN] program that helps girls discover their potential and encourage them to engage with their community in ways they haven’t before. If you are inspired to show girls that they belong in technology, that they can be founders of businesses, and that they are important to the future of everyone - we want to hear from you.

We are also continuing our search for our next full-time Executive Director to expand our work of creating opportunities for hands-on, equitable computer science learning experiences that inspire all learners to transform the future for good.

Additionally, Code Savvy is looking for Part Time Computer Science Instructional Coaches to support our fast growing Educator Program! Join us to engage and inspire students through creative computing!

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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: National Hispanic Heritage Month

This week’s focus is Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month and this week’s theme! The month focuses on highlighting the achievements and contributions that Hispanic Americans have had on society. The start date is September 15th because it is the independence day for Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This is then followed by the 16th which is Mexico's independence day. Then the 18th which is Chile’s independence day, and finally the 21st is Belize’s independence day.

To celebrate and honor the innovation that Hispanic American scientists have had on the world, we are highlighting three of them below.

Born in Lima, Peru in 1959, Carlos became the first Peruvian-born astronaut to fly into space. His family moved to the United States when he was only five years old. He went to school at USC studying computer science. While in college, Carlos participated in the Navy's ROTC program and was later recruited to the US Marine Corps. While there, he became an aviator and began his career in space exploration. Noriega went on to be a part of two different missions to space. During his time at NASA, he earned two space flight medals and the NASA exceptional service medal.

Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation, of which she was nominated by President Obama. She was born in Paris, France to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother. She completed her undergraduate in English at Stanford University and then went on to get her Ph.D. in Physics at CalTech. Her work in astrophysics includes multi-spectrum research on x-ray and gamma-ray sources and space-borne instrumentation. Córdova was named the youngest and first female chief scientist at NASA in 1993. She has done a large amount of work in both higher education and government, trying to advance STEM education. Córdova is the former president of Purdue University and chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.

Born in New York in 1929, she spent most of her youth in Puerto Rico, where she would also attended college. She received her medical degree and began working at a hospital in Puerto Rico, where she founded the first center for the care of newborn babies. When she returned to New York, her focus was on improving health services to women and children, especially for the Puerto Rican community residing in NYC. In the 1980s, she was named the medical director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and headed many organizations advocating for better health services for women. She received a Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001 for her contributions to helping women, children, people with HIV and AIDS, and the poor.

As you are using your creative juices to make a new project this week, could you try creating a biography of one of these innovators in Scratch? Whatever you create, don't forget to share it with us!

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