Code Savvy receives STEM Education award at the 2017 Tekne Awards - 18th annual Tekne Awards recognized Minnesota’s technology innovators and innovations. The award recognized our Get With The Program (GWTP) for Educators program. Andrea Wilson Vazquez (co-founder and Program Manager of GWTP) and Tom Cozzolino (co-facilitator) talked to Ryan Peña of Mentormate that night live on Twitter about the program’s success.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Nov. 17, 2017 – The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Code Savvy as the recipient of the 2017 Tekne Award in the STEM Education award category. The Tekne Awards honor companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people living around the world. Code Savvy was cited at the annual Tekne Award ceremony on November 15th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Code Savvy considers coding a form of empowerment for kids and teens. Code Savvy was honored for its innovative professional development cohort that trains Minnesota K-12 and community educators in computer science education as a part of its Get With the Program for Educators (GWTP) initiative. The GWTP initiative aims to expand computer science education to reach all students in Minnesota through high quality professional development, collaboration, and resource sharing for educators.
Code Savvy provides monthly hands-on computer science related training for participating educators, collaborating with their classrooms to develop and share resources that integrate computer science into K-12 classroom curriculum. Those educators then develop and deliver computer science related professional development to at least ten other educators to help spread the learning beyond the initial participant’s classroom. All cohort-created resources are shared publicly on the MN Computer Science Teachers’ Association website.
“We are honored to have been the recipient of such a prestigious award ,” said Jean Weiss, Executive Director, Code Savvy. “Under Andrea Wilson Vazquez, co-founder of GWTP, this program has grown substantially into a continuous state-wide conversation about ideas, resources, and support related to computer science education. We dedicate this award in memory of Code Savvy’s founder, Rebecca Schatz, whose vibrant, innovative spirit continues to be an inspiration to us all.”
Tekne Awards were also presented to 13 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in software, healthcare, STEM education, workforce development, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and more.
“Minnesota continues to be a national leader in technology and science, and this year’s Tekne Award recipients are clear evidence of that,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. We are honored to recognize Code Savvy for their innovations and achievements.”
This year’s Tekne Awards ceremony was emceed by meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas. A complete list of 2017 Tekne Award recipients and finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.