Technovation[MN] team is app-happy   6/12/2015
Nice article in Rochester's Post Bulletin about the Technovation[MN] team from Kasson-Mantorville Middle School that is going to the finals in San Francisco to pitch their app to venture capitalists.

Minnebar10 talk on Kids, Code and Diversity  4-11-2015 

April 2015 Code Savvy News and Events

December 31, 2014     
The next big things in Minnesota in 2015?   
The Star Tribune predicts that coding in the schools -- and more CoderDojos -- will be among them.       link to Star Tribune front page article 12-31-2014

No more Boys Club -- article about Code Savvy and Katie CoderDojo in the December 2014 Minnesota Parent  p 28-31   

Star Tribune  -- 10/20/2014

Minnesota Schools Scramble to Catch up on Computer Coding -- starts out talking about coding in the schools then moves on to feature CoderDojoTC and Katie CoderDojo.   And don't forget Tonka CoderDojo!  Great quotes from Matt Gray, Drew Covi, Rebecca Schatz, Doug Paulson.

Clockwork Media Systems Blog -- 10/6/2014
Clockwork is a 2014 Tekne Award Finalist -- Code Savvy is proud to be a finalist with Clockwork Media Systems for the MHTA Tekne Award in recognition of the collaboration that created CoderDojoTC. Read about that in Clockwork's blog or on the MHTA website.

Minnebar 9 presentation -- 4/12/2014

Teaching Kids to Code:  Why, Where and How  In April 2013, Matt Grey and Rebecca Schatz unleashed CoderDojo Twin Cities on the world at Minnebar 8.  We celebrate a year later, with Matt at a huge CoderDojoTC session, and Rebecca giving this updated talk. Here's a link to the slides, which are hard to see in the video.

Wall Street Journal -- 3/11/2014
It's Time to Crack the Code -- mentions all three Minnesota Coder Dojos -- Twin Cities CoderDojo, Rochester's CoderDojo and the new (girls only) Katie CoderDojo
St. Catherine University News  2/18/2014

Cracking the Code:   First ever Katie Coderdojo a hit with Girls

MPR News 10/14/2013  

Growing Coders  (about Rochester's Coder Dojo)

Star Tribune 8/4/2013 

Kids are learning the language of computers  

Star Tribune 10/1/2013

Women tap into tech industry

 Clockwork blog  5/2/2013

CoderDojo Twin Cities Kicks Off!

Pioneer Press  4/27/2013

Computer coding classes teach students skills they're not getting in school

Minnebar 8  4/6/2013

Teaching Kids (and other newbies) to Code

(the talk that launched CoderDojoTC)


  1. IT Futures Labs Offers Free Webinar to Help Teachers Diversify their Computer Classes
    Webinar Gives Tips to Bring More Girls into IT

    September 23, 2015, Downers Grove, Ill. — IT Futures Labs, an initiative of the Creating IT Futures Foundation, created a free, on-demand webinar for computer science teachers to help them expand and diversify their classes.

    Eric Larson, director of IT Futures Labs, interviewed Seth Reichelson, an Advanced Placement (AP) computer science teacher at Lake Brantley High School located near Orlando, Florida, about how he’s grown his classes to more than 200 students, one of the largest high school AP computer science programs in the country.

    “I have 38 computers and six classes, and they’re all full,” Reichelson explained. “In fact, I have a waiting list.”
    After two weeks in his course, it’s rare that a student drops. In fact, Reichelson will usually be approached by additional students, drawn by word of mouth, asking to enroll. He recruits a range of diverse students to his classes, and through innovative instruction, sensitivity and humor, unlocks the world of computer programming for them.
    Reichelson’s classes are well attended by minorities and girls of all races, opposing a national trend of low participation in computer science by these groups. In 2013, less than 19 percent of the students taking AP computer science tests nationwide were female, according to Exploring Computer Science. That same year, less than 4 percent of the students taking AP computer science tests were African American and another 8% were Hispanic.
    Rather than focus on recruiting the top students in his school, Seth insists that “any student can learn computer science. It might take one student three times longer to learn a principle, but once they’ve got it, it’s gotten,” Reichelson says. “They won’t forget it.”
    There are no math prerequisites for Seth’s classes. “The math you need to do AP computer science is to be able to divide by three and get the remainder. And to count, starting at zero,” said Reichelson.

    The webinar goes through a two-week teaching plan for the start of Reichelson’s classes. Teachers can register for the on-demand webinar at Previews of the webinar and Reichelson’s tips are posted via two short videos at

    About the Creating IT Futures Foundation
    The Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. IT Futures Labs researches, develops, tests and launches innovative non-profit programs tailored for the IT sector that help women, ethnic minorities, and displaced or under-employed individuals. Learn more at

    Media Contact:
    Lisa Fasold

  2. This article about computer science careers is very informative.