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Code Savvy Connections

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

The Latest From Code Savvy - The Design Thinking Mindset

This week, our Technovation[MN] teams had the opportunity to engage in a Design Thinking workshop. This helped the girls think about their app users, define their needs, think of solutions to the issues they face, and begin the process of prototyping their applications.

Some of the key takeaways for adopting a Design Thinking Mindset: Embrace diversity in all of its forms, practice radical collaboration, be open to failing forward, and adjust and iterate accordingly.

For those interested, we will have a recording of this session on our YouTube channel within the next couple of weeks …and don’t forget to subscribe!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Our Technovation[MN] team is looking for volunteer judges for this year’s Appapalooza event! Please check out their site for more information or sign up if you’re ready to help!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Black History Month - Future Changemakers

February is Black History Month, a time we honor and recognize the impactful contributions of African-Americans to our society. We also want to take this month to remember that there are large parts of history that go untold in schools and society, and that should be shared all year long. Therefore, this week we are highlighting three young black changemakers who are making big impacts on society.

Malone Mukwende (top right) - When Mukwende began medical school at 20 years old he discovered that there was a major gap within medical teaching/images. Almost all teaching and images in medical communities are based on white patients, he found that this was a problem because symptoms can present differently on darker skin tones. This can easily cause misdiagnosis, pain, and death. Mukwende created a handbook called Mind the Gap, and a website called Hutano, which both inform people about their health, specifically any non-white patients.

Mari Copeny (bottom right) - Copeny who is known as ‘Little Miss Flint’, was only 8 when she first made headlines to stop the Flint water crisis. She sent a letter to President Obama about the water crisis which earned her a visit and $100 million in relief for her city. Now at 14, she is still working to bring awareness to the effects of environmental racism and fight for sustainability rights for other communities across the country.

Ian Michael Brock (bottom left) - Brock is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Dream Hustle Code, which aims to inspire young black and brown students to be confident and interested in computer science, coding, and gaming. When he was younger he was not interested in coding, but once he heard about it from someone who looked like him made him realize that that made the difference, that he could relate to them. Now at 17, he continues to teach coding to kids and is writing a book on success for kids.

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