Of course, playing Xbox games is fun. But so is creating those games, and that’s what kids ages 8 to 13 can do this summer at free YouthSpark Summer Camps, held at Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Starting June 2, Microsoft will kick off summer break with free YouthSpark Summer Camps at local Microsoft retail stores. Camps include Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Designing where students will learn how to build, publish and bring mobile games to life; Smart Movie Making and Smart Photo Taking offers students a chance to produce and design movies and images.
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This year’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change winners, announced Thursday, are an impressive bunch hailing from around the world. Their projects seek to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to underrepresented groups, promote the power of storytelling and broaden the horizons of others with e-learning.
On Friday, a YouthSpark Connections event – the seventeenth in a national series of meetings – brought together local leaders in business, education and government to discuss the emergence of an education gap in the New York City metro area.
Judges include Romanus Berg, chief information officer, Ashoka; Adam Braun, founder, Pencils of Promise; Jennifer Corriero, executive director, TakingITGlobal; and Ben Goldhirsh, co-founder and CEO, GOOD. The judges will select 20 finalists, to be announced April 15, with the most promising ideas moving to the next phase of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition.
Microsoft’s companywide YouthSpark initiative to empower youth through technology has launched a three-year commitment as co-title sponsors of Free the Children’s signature We Day event and We Act program in Seattle and in San Francisco.