More and more schools are incorporating computer science and specifically coding into their curriculums. Students as young as kindergarten are being exposed to coding on some level and learning how computers work. These are valuable 21st century skills that enhance students’ reasoning and problem-solving, and help prepare them for a growing number of computer and mathematical occupations.
Microsoft stores are now offering FREE YouthSpark Summer Camps that will introduce coding and game design to students or help your students take their computing skills to the next level. There are four YouthSpark summer camps to choose from:
- Smart Game Coding Beginner, ages 8 to 11
- Smart Game Design Beginner, ages 8 to 11
- Smart Game Coding Intermediate, ages 11+
- Smart Game Design Intermediate, ages 11+
Teachers can brush up on their computer skills this summer as well. Microsoft is offering five workshops for educators to learn how to bring today’s technology, such as OneNote or the Cloud into their classrooms. Teaching app creation and creating an effective flipped classroom are also part of this summer series of workshops for teaching in the digital age. Certificates will be provided for professional development purposes.
Youth groups will still have the opportunity to take a YouthSpark field trip this summer as well. The dates and Microsoft stores continuing the field trip program are limited, so check the Field Trip Factory website, or call us at 800.987.6409 for availability. If you can’t take a field trip this summer, Microsoft will open their field trip schedules again starting the end of August in time for the 2015-2016 school year. Enjoy all of your fun activities this coming summer!