The Iron Yard Coding School Pulls Out of Minneapolis

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The Iron Yard is winding down operations in Golden Valley this month, according to CEO Peter Barth.

Opened in January 2016, The Iron Yard became one of the few local aveneues for an immersive 12-week ‘coding school’ focused around front-end & back-end education for students to enter the workforce as junior programmers.

A final demo day next Wednesday will mark the end their run here, three cohorts and 19 students later.

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Macalester Receives $50k Grant For Student Startup Internship

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“St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester has received a grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to support summer internship opportunities for students interested in early stage startups in the Twin Cities.

The project, entitled “Into Action: Entrepreneurship at Macalester College,” will be overseen by Kate Ryan Reiling ’00, Entrepreneur in Residence, and Michael Porter, Director of the Internship Program.”

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Minnesota Elementary School Program Introduces Girls to Coding

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By Gretchen Zampogna, Plymouth Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 6.24.49 PM“The share of women in the United States computing industry is less than 25 percent and shrinking. But Plymouth resident Kris Haagenson, a technology integration specialist for Robbinsdale Area Schools, is doing her part to counteract that trend.

Last year, Haagenson attended a Code.org training focused on getting girls into computer science. The training got her excited about introducing girls to coding — but “time is your enemy” in schools, Haagenson says. So she had a brainstorm: use recess time.”

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Startup Weekend Twin Cities Youth 2017 Final Presentations

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Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 10.58.25 AMStartup Weekend Twin Cities Youth came through Minnesota earlier this month for another round of fresh creation.

From pitch to prototype — young coders, designers and business-minded students from high school and college came together for the weekend and formed on 11 teams. The event was organized by Bharat Pulgam, Bobby Isbell, Jack Olmanson, Josh Chang, and Ben Grosse. TECHdotMN captured the final pitches below:

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How MinneAnalytics Reinvests Into The Local Tech Community

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MinneAnalytics is proud to to announce the recipients of two scholarships created for Minnesota’s next generation of data scientists and analytics professionals. The 2016 Scholars for Big Data, Analytics and Data Science are Bailey Perry of University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Daniel Peters of University of Minnesota, Duluth.”

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Meet The Self Taught High School Programmers Launching Hack The Heat

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Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.52.34 PMHack The Heat — a 24 hour hackathon coming up this Saturday, 12 noon at The Commons in Excelsior, is a first of its kind for students ages 12-18.

Organized by friends Luke Igel & Will Walcher, the inaugural event was born out of the desire to host a local hackathon geared towards students like themselves during the the dog days of summer.

Within a few months of conception, they had secured the name, space, sponsors, and enough participation to get things off the ground; the event has about 25 registered so far with a lineup of mentors and judges involved.

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Apple Brings Kids Coding Camps To Minnesota Retail Stores

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By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 12.32.40 PM“Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees – and are opening to registration [MOA, Uptown, Southdale, Rosedale Center, Ridgedale] this morning alongside others in Apple’s ongoing summer camp series.

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50 Teams Compete In Coding Contest For Girls

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By Solvejg Wastvedt, MPRNews

“A coding competition [Technovation’s Appapalooza] for middle and high school girls aims to get more young women involved in technology. Fifty teams from across Minnesota met Sunday to pitch mobile app designs.  Rochester middle-schooler Samira Ibraahamo and her team built an app to combat hunger by connecting people with nearby food resources. Ibraahamo says when she started coding, it was a learning curve.”

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