Did you know that Microsoft retail stores nationwide offer a FREE technology summer camp for kids called YouthSpark? YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.
The camps are appropriate for children ages 8 and up. Each store hosts a different camp depending upon the age and interest level of your child. Every camp participant under 17 years of age must also provide a signed Participation Agreement and remain in the Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.
Here is a list of YouthSpark Summer Camps for 2017.
Microsoft YouthSpark Camps For Kids
Make your own story with PowerPoint and Word
In this free hands-on 2 hour camp, students 6-8 years will learn how to create and tell a story using Microsoft PowerPoint and Word. They’ll explore the basics of PowerPoint and Word including using drawing tools, selecting and sizing images and icons, creating backgrounds and changing fonts. Activities will focus on learning through hands on guided experiences and collaborative learning in small groups.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
- Be familiar with some key tools in PowerPoint and Word
- Feel confident using a Surface Device and Pen
- Create an original story with text and images in a small group
The Kodu Makerspace is a four-day YouthSpark camp of two hours per day for students 8-11 years of age. It is designed to introduce Kodu Game Lab and demonstrate how anyone can create rich and exciting games. The camp series will explore the design process and cover skills needed to create worlds and games with Kodu Game Lab. Students will work on Kodu games including Boku’s Amazing Race, Flashy Fishbots and Air Delivery. Students will learn how interesting and powerful games can be created with simple building blocks and techniques. Some activities will be interactive tutorials and others camper-driven, with open-ended game design.
Each session will include collaborative design and development activities. Specific skills include analyzing and revising game characters, writing code to create in-game actions, collaboratively planning and creating a Kodu game, listening to peer feedback, and iterating the design process.
This camp is intended for kids who have never expressed interest in programming, have no previous experience in programming, and/or who may lack confidence in their technical skills, in addition to those who are already motivated and curious about coding.
YouthSpark Hour of Code: Minecraft
This workshop designed for students ages 8 and older goes behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all on your own.
YouthSpark Hour of Code: Moana Wayfinding with Code
During this one 90-minute camp for students ages 8 and older, experts teach kids coding basics so they feel empowered to create their own games, apps, websites, and more. Hands-on learning is designed to spark your students’ imagination and give them skills they can build on for life. For safety, parents must accompany their child, and stay with them for the duration of the camp.