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Innovation & Coding — Fine Tuning the Mission

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How can we ensure that young people, who enthusiastically embrace innovation, creating, and coding, also associate their work with the fundamental concepts of empathy, humility, and conscience?

As we adults thrill to help children learn, imagine, ideate, explore, and make things, we also need to define a compelling mission for each of our innovation and maker spaces — a mission that emphasizes the significant values that young people should apply to the problems they identify and try to solve. An innovation mission provides a foundation for children, illuminating important issues and providing benchmarks that help them to consider and choose problems. It should also help young learners differentiate between the significant problems that need to be solved from those that are insignificant.

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A Great Code Chat for Girls

Watch this amazing  and inspirational video about girls and coding. It’s worth sharing with kids and keeping it at hand when your child or a student in your class gets discouraged by a challenge in a math or coding activity.

The video comes out of the Made With Code project where there are lots of other videos to watch.