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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Finch Robots Help Imagination Take Flight At Sanford Middle School

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DSC07391As one enters the unassuming design lab at Sanford Middle School, there’s not much to indicate the magic that occurs there.

It resembles your average middle school computer lab with a few rows of computers, a teacher’s desk, and a projector. However, when the students arrive and those computers are booted up, it’s nothing short of amazing.

 
 
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Minnesota Teen Entrepreneur Brings Modular Earbuds To Kickstarter

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Via Kare 11 News

“PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Wayzata High School Junior Bharat Pulgam saw it all too often.  “Students in general are breaking earbuds all the time. I’ve broken a lot of pairs myself.”

But it took a picture on social media to get Pulgam’s imagination going.  He noticed a young man getting ready to throw away a pair of earbuds.  “it was right at the end of the wire where it usually happens, and I was, like ‘Why is this guy throwing away his entire set of earbuds just when the wire frays?'”

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