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.”
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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.