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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 and Project-Inspiration: Women's History Month
For the next month, we will shine our spotlight on the contributions of women in history, culture and society.

Spotlight on Women's History! This week’s focus is “International Women's Day”
For this week we celebrate International Women’s Day and shine the spotlight on women in government. Women have held leadership roles in government throughout history. Their efforts have encouraged freedom, openness and intellect to move the world toward an improved future.

 

Madeleine Albright was born in the Czech Republic. She was an American public official who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and, in 1997, became the first woman named as U.S. Secretary of State.

The secretary of state’s main responsibility is to carry out American diplomacy and foreign policy. This department deals with all foreign affairs and relations for the nation. The secretary of state is appointed by the President of the United States and requires additional approval from the U.S. Senate.

Madeleine gained a reputation for being tough and was a fierce advocate for American interests. She was a champion of democracy and human rights. She was famously known to wear pins to express her mood and opinions.

Thank you, Madeleine, for having an ‘all-bright’ spotlight on your work.
 
Code Savvy’s Educator Programming works to help teachers find connections between computer science and different content areas. For example, maybe you could use your coding skills to make an interactive map that would follow Madeleine’s life journey? Or maybe you could make an interactive biography highlighting her achievements. Coding can be a fun way to make social studies and geography explorable in an interactive way! Be sure to share whatever you come up with!
 

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.

Catch Up on Past Weeks’ CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration Videos

CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration with Code Savvy are our response to the current health crisis -- Code Savvy’s programs have come together to develop weekly youth- and educator-centered videos that focus on creating new things with computer science. You can find all CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration videos under Distance Learning on our website!

other happenings

Code Savvy’s MNCodes Educator Training Program

CS Integration Curriculum Showcase
As part of the MNCodes Cohort, educators are asked to create lessons that integrate computer science with another curricular content area such as literacy, math, science, or others, and align to both CSTA and MN Academic Standards. We will use this space to regularly showcase various curriculum resources that have been created by current or former MNCodes Cohort members.
  • Decompose a Political Ad
    A great way to connect social studies with computer science is through thinking skills that students use. Here is a project where students use the Computational Thinking Skill of “Decomposition” to break apart political ads, and then create their own. Check out the lesson resources here. To see other projects that integrate CS into core content areas, you can browse our database on the MNCodes website.
 
Coffee + CS Ed Zoom Call
Looking for more ways to connect with other educators interested in CS Ed? Or do you have ideas to share, questions or want to try out a resource in the company of other K12 CS Educators? Check out Coffee + CSEd Chats - every Friday at 8am, CT. Anyone is welcome to join! Details and Zoom info can be found here.

CoderDojos 
Our winter/spring schedule is now available here. Our next virtual event is March 13th! - Register Here. Hope to see many of you there. Sign up for email notices - CodeDojoTC and Rebecca CoderDojo.
 
Social Justice Hackathon 
The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence (MNAiC/SPARCS) in partnership with Amazon and the Minnesota Computer Teachers Association is pleased to announce a Social Justice Hackathon for high school students on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10am-4:30pm.  All technology skill levels are welcome to participate.
Register here! Note:  Registration deadline THIS SUNDAY, March 7.
 
They are also looking for teacher volunteers/mentors. If you can help out, please contact Russell Fraenkel - russell.fraenkel@metrostate.edu

TechTalent 2021 is right around the corner!Join mn tech on March 4 for this exciting tech workforce forum. Hear from over 35 tech leaders including featured speakers Tawanna Black, Founder & CEO of Center for Economic Inclusion, Mike McNamara, EVP & CIO of Target, and Greg Cunningham, Sr. EVP & Chief Diversity Officer of U.S. Bank.

  • Get informed on the current state of tech talent in Minnesota.
  • Gain new ideas. This is the place to build allies!
  • Be part of the solution! You’ll take away actionable items to deploy in your workplace.

Register here!

Tech Around the World is just around the corner!
The MnTech Tech Careers 1.0 community is excited to bring you their next virtual event on Thursday, March 11. The Tech Around the World event will provide insight into what's up and coming in tech, as well as give attendees the opportunity to "meet the experts" in the fields of security, devops, cloud, data science, AI, and infrastructure as they share a peek behind the curtain of these booming tech sectors! Find out what careers are on the rise and how different tech fields are evolving from MN tech industry leaders.
Learn more & register now!

 
   
 
 
 

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Code Savvy empowers youth and educators with the knowledge, skills, and support to create with technology while interrupting and counteracting gender, racial, and socioeconomic gaps in computing. We create opportunities for hands-on computer science learning that inspires learners to transform the future.

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