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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
Spotlight on Women's History! This week’s focus is “Women Who Have Improved Our Lives
For the next month, we will shine our spotlight on the contributions of women in history, culture and society.

This week’s focus is “Women Who Have Improved Our Lives”
Sometimes special people come along who we do not feel impact until they are no longer with us. Their contributions continue to evolve and improve our lives in ways we never imagined. “Cell’-abrate this next woman with us.

In 1951, a young mother of five named Henrietta Lacks was treated for a tumor. What was soon discovered was that Mrs. Lacks’ cells were unlike any others: where other cells would die, Mrs. Lacks' cells doubled every 20 to 24 hours. They became the first cells to grow outside the human body.

The cells— nicknamed "HeLa" cells, have been used to study the effects of toxins, drugs, hormones and viruses on the growth of cancer cells without experimenting on humans. They have been used to test the effects of radiation and poisons, to study the human genome, to learn more about how viruses work, they traveled to space to see how cells react in zero gravity, and led to the development of the vaccines for both polio and HPV, ultimately leading to the eradication of the former.

The use of the HeLa cells has raised challenging issues about medical samples taken without consent and how individuals and their families should be compensated for discoveries based on their tissues. Lacks' story is a prime example of the need to remember that there are human beings behind important discoveries, and that they deserve recognition and respect. You can read more about HeLa cells in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Although Mrs. Lacks ultimately passed away at the age of 31, her cells continue to impact the world. Thank you, Henrietta. We ‘cell’abrate your contributions to making our communities healthier.
This week as you practice coding, could you create an informational project about human cells? Maybe you could create a human cell model on Scratch with the different parts of a cell, or could you use a MakeyMakey or micro:bit to create an interactive cell you can touch and explore? 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.  
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.

This year, Technovation[MN] will be hosting Appapalooza as a LIVE Virtual event. Different from previous years, the winners at Appapalooza will not automatically advance, however, we do want to gather, with friends and families, to celebrate the outstanding work of the girls in Minnesota. We hope you will join us as a judge for the live pitch session of Appapalooza 2021.
Find out more and register here!

Our winter/spring schedule is now available here. Our next virtual event is March 27th! - Register Here. Hope to see many of you there. Sign up for email notices - CodeDojoTC and Rebecca CoderDojo.


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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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