Category Archives: YouthSpark

L.A. Live DigiCamps Extravaganza teaches coding to underserved youth

The Digital Age has been in full swing for decades, but computer science education is still surprisingly absent from public schools: Less than one-quarter of U.S. high schools offer computer science instruction.

To expose students in Southern California to computer science, Microsoft, in partnership with AEG Worldwide, hosted the L.A. Live DigiCamps Extravaganza on October 19 and 20. More than 200 middle school students from diverse schools and education nonprofits across Los Angeles County learned the basics of coding and participated in a hackathon to dream up new technologies.Visit the author's original post

Student leaders explore careers in technology at Microsoft

More than 50 students from REAP, a multicultural youth leadership program dedicated to igniting, elevating and engaging the next wave of leaders, joined the Microsoft Education team and others on April 29th at Microsoft’s Redmond campus to discuss careers in the technology industry.

Microsoft Education Marketing Corporate Vice President Tony Prophet, front row, in the middle, with some of the REAP Multicultural Leadership Program students who visited Microsoft Redmond campus, on April 29, 2016.

Microsoft Education Marketing Corporate Vice President Tony Prophet, front row, in the middle, with some of the REAP Multicultural Leadership Program students who visited Microsoft Redmond campus, on April 29, 2016.

The students, representing schools from Portland, Oregon, are part of a year-round program for seven through 12th graders who represent the most at-risk student population.Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code, A Lifetime of Learning

Next week, millions of students around the world will take a “behind-the-screens” peek at the programming languages that power the devices in their lives—from laptops and tablets to smartphones and game systems—and experience firsthand the limitless opportunities that computer science provides. Microsoft is proud to partner with Code.org for this year’s Hour of Code, the global challenge to teach 100 million people to learn to code.

Get Your Start with an Hour of Code

We've made it simple to host your Hour of Code with TouchDevelop, a free coding tool designed for students with no prior computer science knowledge or skills.

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Bringing Hour of Code to Your Classroom

As a child of the 80s, the computers I grew up with were designed as much for programmers as for users. Computer magazines typically included pages of printed code for applications that you could type in and run on your own machine, and the comparatively primitive nature of those early home machines made for a great environment to learn how to code and debug simple applications.

Fast forward to today, when millions of students use computers as a daily part of their learning experience and yet have little understanding of what goes on under the covers.… Visit the author's original post