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Randy Lynn
25
Sep

Kids Code Mississippi Participates in 2017 Mississippi Science Festival

At the Mississippi Science Festival, hundreds of Mississippians, young and old alike, gathered to see science and technology demonstrations and exhibits at the four museums of the LeFleur Museum District. Kids Code Mississippi was a the event with three Raspberry Pi stations – one running Scratch, another Sonic Py (a Ruby-based application for writing music...
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Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017 Conference: Notes and Impressions

The  Crossroads 2017 conference presented by Infosys Foundation USA was held May 23-25, 2017 in San Francisco. Kids Code Mississippi co-founder, Randy Lynn, was among three attendees from Mississippi at the conference. In this blog series, Randy relates his impressions of the conference as a first-time attendee:   Now in its third year, the Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads...
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08
Jun

Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017: Opening Night Festivities (Part 1)

I arrived in San Francisco following about seven hours of air travel, checked in to my hotel and made my way to the Moscone West convention center. After registering, I was warmly greeted by Infosys exec Kaustav Mitra and introduced to attendees from the Alabama and California departments of education and also Creighton University professor...
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07
Jun

Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017: “From Consumers to Creators” (Part 2)

The conference’s second day consisted of a full day of panel discussions from representatives of K-12 and higher education, non-profits and state governments. The sessions ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with three sessions going on simultaneously during each block, making for some very tough decisions. Fortunately, the organizers recorded each session and will...
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06
Jun

Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017: “Makerspaces – Hands-On Creativity” (Part 3)

The next session focused on makerspaces, a concept which is in its infancy in Mississippi, but seeing wider adoption in California and other technology-focused states. The session was moderated by Ken Montgomery, the executive director of Design Tech High School, a tech focused public school in the San Mateo Union school district of California within...
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05
Jun

Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017: “Decoding Diversity” (Part 4)

Session 3: Decoding Diversity The third session I attended brought the issue of diversity to the forefront with a panel lineup moderated by Felix Flores of #YesWeCode. (Kids Code Mississippi partnered with #YesWeCode in 2015 to put on a hackathon for 100 minority students in Jackson in 2015.) Panelists included Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO...
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04
Jun

Infosys Foundation USA Crossroads 2017: “Creating A Flourishing Maker Ecosystem” (Part 5)

My fourth session of the day began with the premier of a short video from the Infosys Foundation USA’s #WhyIMake series featuring Nick Offerman of NBC’s Parks and Recreation talking about his woodworking hobby. The session was moderated by Dorothy Jones Davis, the executive director of Nation of Makers with panelists Mark Hatch, a pioneer...
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