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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: Black History Month

Spotlight on Black History! This week’s focus is “Future Change Makers”
For the next several weeks, we will shine our spotlight specifically on Black History. We recognize that history is a topic that is largely whitewashed and only told from the perspective of people in power to further certain ideas. Black History Month is an important reminder that there are large parts of history that generally go untold in schools and society, and that should be shared all year long. This will be the last week focusing on Black History but we will continue to revisit these ideas throughout the year.

This week, we want to highlight all the future Change Makers getting ready to leave their own mark on history. Currently, there is a racial, gender, and socio-economic gap within the field of computer science both on the education side as well as within the professional industry. We need to be sure to take intentional steps to grow computer science participation among black students to ensure they have chances to be change makers so their voices are not left out.
There are great organizations aimed at increasing black voices and participation within technology. Blacks in Technology is an organization dedicated to “Stomping the Divide” through resources and guidance to help open more paths of access to the computer science industry. Black Girls Code provides young girls of color with important skills in computer science and technology. 
Code Savvy is doing our part as well! Technovation[MN] inspires and empowers girls to build and leverage technology to make an impact on their communities. Our MNCodes Educator Training Program focuses on connecting with schools that have high percentages of students of color and places a large emphasis on equipping educators with equitable teaching practices to encourage broader participation in computer science education opportunities.
We all have a role to play in encouraging the next generation of computer scientists, whether it is supporting or getting involved in one of these great organizations, or simply encouraging family and friends to try their hand at exploring computer science. Let’s make sure Black History continues to grow and be written in powerful ways!
This week, try to encourage a friend or family member to try out computer science. Maybe you could make and share a multiplayer game on Scratch, or try sharing some of your favorite tutorials! 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.
  • Ruby Bridges and KIBO If you are looking for more ways to broaden participation in computer science, consider some lessons like this one which connect computer science to social studies. In this project, students get chances to learn about Ruby Bridges through hands-on robotics using the KIBO robot. 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.

Our winter/spring schedule is now available here.Our next virtual event is February 27th and there are openings! - 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 March 7.
They are also looking for teacher volunteers/mentors. If you can help out, please contact Russell Fraenkel -

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!


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