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Our search continues! The Code Savvy Board of Directors is looking for our next full-time
Executive Director to expand our work of creating opportunities for hands-on, equitable computer science learning experiences that inspire all learners to transform the future for good. 

We have updated the hours and salary for this role. If you, or someone you know, has nonprofit leadership experience, a passion for promoting equitable education and increasing access for underrepresented students in the computer science field - we want to hear from you! 

Click the button below to learn about all opportunities currently available with Code Savvy!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Raspberry Pi Pico Robot

This week’s focus is Raspberry Pi Pico Robot!

Dan McCreary works at Optum, is a longtime volunteer with Code Savvy through Twin Cities Coder Dojo (, is co-founder of the AI Racing League, and is an all-around tech enthusiast. Dan has spent countless hours not only helping youth gain an appreciation for tech and programming but also has worked hard to help provide accessible technology platforms for all students.
Dan and his team have recently begun working with their new Raspberry Pi Pico-powered collision avoidance robot. This robot is intended to be used as a cost-effective base robot that will be able to be used for CoderDojo coding clubs. 
To create a low resource-based robot many things were taken into consideration. First, they focused on keeping costs low with the base product costing around $25. Second, they made sure to keep the breadboard on the robot open and available for students to customize it how they see fit. Third, they kept the number of materials low with only five total base materials. These include smart car chassis, raspberry pi pico, breadboard, time of flight distance sensor, and motor driver. 
If you would like to try creating your own base robot you can follow Dan's guidelines here. This includes the material lists and also a simplified version of their main event loop. You can also see a detailed description of different programs that you can code once the base robot has been set up. 
You can also continue practicing your coding skills by creating a robotics-themed Scratch project or practice Python by programming a virtual mBot at Friria Labs virtual robot simulator. Whatever you create, don't forget to share it with us!

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

You can find all CS to Go and Bytes of Inspiration videos under Distance Learning on our website!

MNCodes 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.
  • Code a GiggleBot Zoo!
    To continue exploring robots, this activity lets students in grades 3-5 research an animal, and code a GiggleBot to mimic the behavior of the animal. Then students put their robotic animals together to create a robot zoo! 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 - Summer Break!
We have wrapped up our Coffee + CS Ed chats for the school year! It has been so great to connect and collaborate with so many educators dedicated to improving CS education opportunities for our students! Please complete this survey so we can see what times would work to meet a few times over the summer to help stay connected.

Summer Activities for Kids

Technovation Girls World Summit
The Technovation World Summit is just a few days away! Remember to join August 12-13 at 7:00am PDT (14:00 UTC) for a global celebration of girls changing the world with tech. One of our Technovation[MN] 2021 teams, CASP Technologies, is a finalist. Watch them pitch their app Operation Serenity during the Senior Division Pitches from 10:15-10:45 am CT this Friday and then the awards ceremony at 2:30 pm CT.  And enjoy all the other activities during this two day event. GO CASP TECHNOLOGIES!

REGISTER HERE using the General ticket type.

This summer, we will have monthly sessions rather than bi-weekly. Our final virtual event is this Saturday, August 14! Registration will open August 1. You can Register Here. We are preparing for in person events starting in September. Watch this space for the schedule announcement. Hope to see many of you there. Sign up for email notices - CodeDojoTC and Rebecca CoderDojo.

Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is back for another year of inspiring the next generation of American STEM talent! The Congressional App Challenge is a district-specific competition where Members of Congress invite students to create their own original apps with the chance to win nationwide recognition. 

This program accommodates coding skills of all levels. Students compete with others in their district, so hundreds of students, including beginners, are honored as winners each year. Winning teams are then invited to the U.S. Capitol Building, where their apps are put on display for one year. Don’t let your students miss out on this great opportunity! 

More Information here


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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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