Whether you’re trying to find worthwhile activities for your kids during the summer, or you want to keep their young brains active, if you live near a Microsoft Store, check to see if it’s one of the locations offering free YouthSpark Coding Camps this summer. It would be an especially wonderful opportunity for kids whose schools don’t offer computer classes.
Microsoft is offering several different classes for kids aged 8 and up. Check them out:
- Start Your Own Business – Ages 13+: Equip your budding entrepreneur with the knowledge, tools, and support to make his/her business idea a reality. Kids learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch.
- Be an Inventor with littleBits – Ages 8+: Campers will experience the littleBits invention cycle of create, play, remix, and share. Along the way, they will have the opportunity to collaborate and build inventions that solve real-world problems facing our society. Campers will showcase the best of their ideas to parents, caregivers, and peers in the final day of camp.
- Kodu Makerspace – Ages 8-11: Create rich and exciting games in this beginner-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals and how to build games in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.
- Learn to Code Flatverse – Ages 12+: One step up from Kodu, build a Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this intermediate-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals, then get hands-on instruction on how to read and write basic code themselves.
Each of these is a four day, two hour per day camp. You have to pre-register, though, so look into it today! The classes fill up quickly.