Microsoft Stores to Offer Digital Summer Camps

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Microsoft with 5 Comments

Microsoft Stores to Offer Digital Summer Camps

Microsoft announced today that it will offer YouthSpark Summer Camp curriculums through its retail store locations in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canada this summer, focusing on coding, robotics, moviemaking and philanthropic skills.

“Camps consist of either one, two or four two-hour sessions, begin in May, and run through to the end of August,” the Microsoft Education team wrote today. “They are designed for students ages 8 and up, but parents, teachers and siblings are also welcomed to participate.”

The following camps are available, Microsoft says:

Minecraft coding. This free four-day, two-hour camp series teaches students eight and up the key fundamentals of computer programming with Minecraft’s MakeCode platform.

Code a talking robot with Ohbot. This free two-day, two-hour camp series teaches students eight and up basic skills in robotics and coding.

Make your own movie with 3D and Mixed Reality. This free four-day, two-hour camp series helps students eight and up create movie projects using Microsoft’s 3D drawing and movie-making applications.

Create a difference in your world. This free four-day, two-hour camp series will help students eight and up research a local issue, and create action plans fundraising, volunteer, or otherwise get the word out.

Beginners fun with computers and coding. This free two-hour workshop teaches students ages 6 to 8 to learn the basics of how computers work and using hands-on introductory coding activities.

STEM Saturdays. Parents and students an participate in hands-on STEM learning experiences every Saturday. The projects are designed for 11- to 14-year-olds, but can be attended by younger students with parental support too.


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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Microsoft Stores to Offer Digital Summer Camps”

  1. lvthunder

    This is great. Even though I don't have kids I appreciate these businesses trying to get kids excited about learning new skills.

  2. Edward Grego

    Wow, a smart idea MSFT, now let’s see if they use smart execution...?...

  3. jgraebner

    Apple has been doing something similar at their stores for quite a while (my son attended one several years ago) and I'm really happy to see Microsoft adding this to their stores as well and with a wider variety of offerings.

  4. hrlngrv

    As a parent who had a few summers of variety for the kids, 2-hour workshops may be great for 12-year-olds and older, but you'll go quickly insane driving younger kids between 2-hour activities for more than a few days. So, fine, as a 1-week buffer between family vacation and full-day summer camps, maybe. For more than 1-week, not a great idea for parents.

  5. skborders

    This is not new, I have taken my grandkids to some of these in the past. Great way to find what they are interested in.