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Just a reminder, the Code Savvy Board of Directors is looking for our next 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.
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!
Additionally, Code Savvy is looking for Part Time Computer Science Curriculum Developers to support our school partnerships through the development of project-based curriculum! Join us to engage and inspire students through creative computing!
Click the button below to learn about all opportunities currently available with Code Savvy!
This week’s spotlight and project-inspiration theme is: Summer Solstice
This week’s focus is Summer Solstice
For students, summer is marked by the end of the school year in early June. However Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st, which is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and marks the Summer Solstice.
The summer Solstice has been celebrated by many cultures around the world throughout history, as many cultures view it as a time to celebrate summer weather, long days, and fertility of the earth. Some cultures have even built monuments to celebrate the summer solstice, including Stonehenge or many temples including ones in Egypt and Mexico. You can check out this article for more ways cultures celebrate Summer Solstice, or this article that shares about monuments to celebrate the event.
Summer Solstice can be a great time to get out and enjoy the weather and long days, but if you do decide to continue practicing your programming skills, maybe you could make a program that teaches about the day? In Scratch you could build a program that shows the earth’s orbit around the sun and what causes the long days. Or maybe you want to create a program about summer safety and activities for students who are no longer in school? Whatever you choose to make, be sure to share it with your friends and family.
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!
Code Savvy’s MNCodes Educator Training Program and Opportunities
Summer Online Courses
This summer Code Savvy is offering a number of online courses to help educators who are interested in Computer Science. Courses will take place online, and will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work. This summer the following courses will be offered:
- MNCodes Virtual Scratch Camp for Educators – Beginner Level
- MNCodes Virtual Scratch Camp for Educators – Intermediate/Advanced Level
- MNCodes CS + Content Integration
Participants will be able to earn CEU’s for their time. We hope to see you there!
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.
Cybersecurity and Encryption
Cybersecurity is critically important in a world where almost everything is connected to the internet. This unit helps students to learn about the world of cybersecurity and how encryption works. 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
Code Savvy Summer Camps at The Works Museum
Learn to make mobile apps with Thunkable using drag and drop code blocks! You will create a variety of apps using components like translator and image recognizer, and put together clicking games such as space invaders!
Thunkable apps can be loaded onto Android or iOS phones. We will be using a simulator, phones are NOT required for the camp.
This summer, we will have monthly sessions rather than bi-weekly. Our summer schedule is now available here. Our next virtual event is this Saturday, June 26! Registration opened June 13. You can Register Here. 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!
Bright Ideas Hack-a-Thon
Two-Day Event – Aug 12 (8:45am-3pm) Aug. 13 (9-noon) Bright Ideas Hack-A-Thon is an online event for women in Minnesota’s high schools and 2021 graduates. At the event, students will work in groups of 3 students and 2 industry mentors to identify a product or service that solves a social or business problem. You will take on a designated role to pitch the idea. Anyone can have the best idea and product in the world but if it can’t be successfully pitched; the idea will not take off! Join this exciting event, make new friends, and learn from others!
Please note the following:
* This is a two-day event taking place Thursday, August 12 & Friday, August 13, 2021
* You will receive a Zoom link one week prior to the event.
VR Summer Camps @REM5
REM5 has openings at 3 summer camps in August.
VR: Entertainment and Beyond
Ages: 8-13 (suggested)
When: Aug 2-5, 9am-noon
VR Design and Creation
Ages: 8-13 (suggested)
When: Aug 9-11, 9am-noon
VR Entertainment and Beyond
Ages: 8-13 (suggested)
When: Aug 9-11, 9am-noon
Best Prep Summer Offers 2021 Minnesota Business Venture Camp
Minnesota Business Venture – MBV is a virtual four-day business and career development summer camp that brings together students in grades 9-12 to learn business, leadership, and financial literacy skills.
This is a great opportunity to network with students from across the country, hear from business owners, build skills needed for your resume and future job, learn information you’ll need for college applications, and help you learn about the career you’d like in the future.
Visit https://bestprep.org/minnesota-business-venture/ for more information.
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