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Updated: Sep 23, 2022

The Latest From Code Savvy - Back to School... Partnership!

It’s September … The morning air is getting crisp and cool, pumpkin spice is right around the corner, and the theme of this edition of our Code Savvy newsletter is “Back to School.”

Over the past couple of years, we have really built up our school partnership program, through which we bring our award-winning programs directly to the teachers and students of the schools and communities that are most marginalized in the field of computer science.

Today, we’d like to highlight the work we’re doing at El Colegio High School in Minneapolis.

Did you know? Less than 10% of Minnesota students who took Advanced Placement (AP) CS exams in 2020 were Latinx, and only 57% of Latinx students in MN attend schools that teach CS.

Latinx students, especially females, often opt out of CS classes, citing factors such as linguistic barriers and not seeing themselves represented in CS fields.

Our school partnership at El Colegio works to counteract these barriers by partnering with school staff and students directly to design opportunities specifically for EC students within their existing classes. This provides all EC students with opportunities to experience creative technology by developing projects that have an impact.

If you’re interested in learning more about the work we’re doing directly in the schools, or if your school is in need of assistance with computer science integration, please reach out!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Back to School

This month marks the beginning of fall and the back-to-school season! This is a time of new beginnings. May that be a new year of school or just the beginning of a new season, this is the time to start something new. In the spirit of experiencing new things, why not learn a new coding language? Check out these resources to learn the basics:

September is also Read a Book Month! Reading is another great way to push yourself to learn something new this fall! You can try reading a longer book, a new genre, or even challenge yourself to read a certain number of books by the end of the year. Reading is a great way to relieve stress by providing yourself with a great story to escape to. Check out this article to find different websites to help you choose your next book! ​​​​​​​If you’re in the Twin Cities, be sure to visit our friends at The Thinking Spot in Wayzata for all of your STEM book needs!

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