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Updated: Jan 26, 2022

The Latest From Code Savvy - Code Savvy Podcast Launch

We have an amazing network around us - educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and overall extraordinary people who help us fulfill our mission, everyday. We want to share their perspectives, favorite topics, and best practices in the computer science, tech, and education spheres with the rest of the world - so we created the “Code Savvy Presents” podcast!

Our first episode is all about Bias in AI - featuring guest speakers: Dan McCreary from Optum, Ellena Schoop from the State of MN IT Department, and Eri O’Diah from SIID Technologies, moderated by Andrea Wilson Vazquez of the Code Savvy MN Codes program.

In this discussion, they discuss some of the biases found in artificial intelligence and the importance of being aware of that as we interact with the data and outcomes produced with it. They also touch on the common fields where AI is becoming more prevalent, and some of the tools we can use to learn more about how it works and how to make sure that diverse perspectives are represented in datasets.

Take a listen today, we really hope you enjoy it! And be sure to subscribe on YouTube and your podcast platform of choice. :)

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Kid Inventor Day!

January 17th is Kid Inventor Day (KID) and this week’s theme! This celebration is on Benjamin Franklin's birthday. Although he was known for being a founding father and a signer of the declaration of independence, he was also a kid inventor. When he was only 11 years old he created the first swimming fins. They were just two pieces of wood cut into ovals with holes for the thumbs, allowing him to push faster through the water as he swam. To learn more about his other inventions, check out this website.

This day celebrates and honors all the kid inventors throughout history and the current ones. Kids have been the inventors of countless items in our everyday lives. These include the snowmobile, braille, the microscope, and more!

At CodeSavvy, we want to encourage the next kid inventors, therefore for inspiration try doing this activity to get your creative juices flowing. To begin, think about a problem in your life that needs to be solved, could be a problem at your house or something you see at school. Then begin brainstorming ideas on how you can fix this problem. Remember, there are no wrong answers and that many times your first idea will not be the winner. Once you create your solution, create a design and a set of instructions for use. Who knows, one day, you could even make an app that does that very thing!

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