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Code Savvy - Fall Connections #3

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: Code Savvy Values - Curiosity and Creativity

This week we spotlight two of our Code Savvy values - curiosity and creativity. Our value of curiosity is to “encourage students and educators alike to pursue the answers to Why? How? and What if…? Sometimes the smallest questions can lead to big ideas.” And our value of Creativity is “We believe there is more than one way to approach a problem, and the most impactful ideas are the ones that stand apart from the crowd.”

The Technovation Girls competition invites teams of middle and high school girls to dream up, design, and code a mobile app that solves a problem in their community. With the guidance and support of volunteer mentors, the girls draw upon their curiosity and creativity to change the world using technology, while developing their entrepreneurial skills. Virtual tutoring, recycling, mental health, senior care - these are just a few of the problems Technovation[MN] teams tackled in 2020.

The following are comments from Technovation[MN] participants that illustrate our impact:

“The experience of creating something and watching it grow into an actual project is exhilarating, and I look forward to the day when I can start a project and see it morph into something people all around the world use.” – Parkview Center, 7th Grade Middle School Student

Being surrounded and feeling supported by the other girls on my team, and my mentors, makes me want to continue learning about the world of technology and entrepreneurship.” – Eagan High School, 9th Grade Student

“Because of my participation in Technovation, I’m no longer wary of STEM or technology like I was when I was younger. I now see these fields as opportunities for growth and improvement of the world.” – Eagan High School, 11th Grade Student

The 2021 Technovation Girls season kicks off in January. If you and a co-worker or friend would like to help inspire the next generation of tech entrepreneurs by becoming a virtual mentor, visit our website and click the "Sign Up" button. It is a fun and rewarding experience we know you will love!

This Week's Project Inspiration Theme: World Teachers Day

October 5th is World Teachers Day!

This week we want to acknowledge and honor teachers, especially for all that they have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. World Teachers Day aims to celebrate the teaching profession as a whole, highlight achievements, and share teachers' voices. Use this CS to Go tutorial to create an image wishing your favorite teachers a happy World Teachers Day! 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 World Teachers Day! 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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