The meeting was called to order by President Terry Carlson on this 30th day of November, 2015.  
 
Greg Carlson led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance after which we recited the Four Way Test. 
 
Ted Johnson gave the invocation.  He spoke about the upcoming Rotary Educator Exchange Program (REEP) with Sri Lanka and Christina’s story. 
 
Lynne Megan introduced visitors and guests.  Today we had no visitors or guests.  
 
General club announcements and business followed:  
 
Jan Vanderwall announced that he is trying to coordinate some Polio Plus dinners in the February – April timeframe.  If you are interested in attending or hosting, please contact Jan, .jan.vanderwall@isd623.org. 
 
The Roseville Rotary club donated $500 to the West St. Paul / Mendota Heights club for their project in Haiti, a maternity care center. 
 
A reminder that the holiday party is next Monday, the 7th
 
With announcements completed we engaged in a round of happy dollars. 
 
 
  Terry Carlson , Jean Weiss
 
Brad Kirscher introduced today’s speaker, Jean Weiss with Technovation MN. 
 
Technovation MN is an organization that works with young women, ages 10-18, to get them more involved with technology, specifically computer science.  Computer science is a $500 billion opportunity with growth potential for 1,000,000 new jobs by 2020.  Currently only 18% of computer science majors are women.  If that 18%, less than 3% are African American and less than 1% are Hispanic.  With that said, however, more than 70% of Technovation MN’s alumni take further computer science courses. 
 
Technovation MN operates a 3-month program consisting of 40-60 hours worth of curriculum where young women dream up, design, code and pitch mobile apps.  Technical skills taught during the program include the following:
 
  1. MIT App Inventor Training
  2. Basic Programming Skills
  3. External Data Source Integration
  4. Product Specs w/ in Technical Constraints
  5. User Centered Design
 
In addition they also learn the following entrepreneurial skills:
 
  1. Idea Development
  2. Market Research / Surveys
  3. Business Plan Development, including financial analysis
  4. Pitch Presentation
 
The organization runs a 12-week challenge season or contest.  In this contest the young women are broken up into teams consisting of 3-5 students, 1 teacher or parent – effectively the coach and 1 or more mentors.  Teams are provided with a safe space to work and access to a computer, phone and the internet.  Their goal is to, again, dream up, design, code and pitch a mobile app. 
 
Locally the contest is called Appapalooza.  In 2015 they had 28 teams consisting of 120 young women and 400 supporters.  The top 10 from the local “Appapalooza” contests advance on to World Pitch.  At World Pitch they present their ideas to venture capitalists with the winning team getting $10,000 in seed money to further their app. 
 
Technovation MN needs volunteers, corporate sponsors, hosts for field trips, advocates to get young women involved and advance their story and, of course, donations.  If you are interested in finding out more about Technovation MN their website is www.technovationmn.org.  
 
With the presentation completed and no further business, the meeting was adjourned.   
 
 
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