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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!
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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: National Honey Bee Day

This week’s focus is National Honey Bee Day!
August 21st is National Honey Bee Day and this week's theme! We want to take this week to celebrate the honey bees and recognize how important their everyday contributions are to society. The day also brings awareness to beekeeping and the growing environmental impacts on the honey bee. 
 
Honey bees are responsible for one-third of crop pollination and produce $30 billion a year in crop production. They are responsible for most of our food production, and the continuation of high death rates of honey bees could create a lasting impact on this. They don't just pollinate our food but also pollinate wild and native plants as well. Because of this, it is so important for us to see how we can lower our impact, ensuring the best future for everyone. 
 
Some simple things that you can do at home to help start saving the honey bees are planting a bee garden, creating a bee pond, or buying local/organic produce. You could also learn more about beekeeping and try to start a hive in your own community. To learn more about saving the bee's check out the Bee Conservatory website
 
As you are practicing your coding skills this week, could you try creating a Scratch project to help educate people on what simple things they can do in the community to save the bees or practice your coding skills by using this tutorial to create a bee-themed game? 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 and Opportunities
 
Save the Date! MNCodes Workshops: Saturday, Nov 13th
Mark your calendars! On Saturday, November 13th Code Savvy will be hosting a morning of learning and exploration for computer science educators. There will be a variety of workshops to choose from that best meet your needs and goals. Further details and registration information will be coming soon!

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.
  • Introduction to Programming with Scratch
    Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) is a wonderful tool to help students develop programing skills and apply their creativity. However it can also feel intimidating to get started using Scratch with a classroom of students. Here are a series of lessons that can be applied for middle school or high school to help get started with Scratch.  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

CoderDojos 
Our last summer CoderDojo is complete and was a great success. 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! 

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About Code Savvy

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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