Microsoft Store Hosts 2018 Summer YouthSpark Camps

Microsoft Store has announced their five new STEM summer camps for 2018 and if you are looking for coding camps, robotics camps or summer activities for kids, these STEM programs are FREE and online registration is now open.

The camps are offered at Microsoft Stores around the country and are designed for children ages 8+. If you are interested, you can register for summer camps online or in-person at Microsoft Store locations across the U.S. Camps will take place starting in late May through August, and specific dates and times will depend on your local store and school schedules.

About YouthSpark Camps

Each year, Microsoft launches fresh and innovative STEM summer camps and this year is no different. What appealed to me this year was the addition of a class that combines technology and philanthropy so that kids can learn how they can make a difference in the world by solving problems and helping others.

Each camp – from programming robots to speak to filming, editing and premiering a movie – was developed by experts in the field and with input from store associates, all dedicated to equipping students with the digital skills they need to succeed when they pursue any career.

Microsoft Store YouthSpark Summer Camp

Here is the list of 2018 STEM programs:

  • Create a Difference in Your World supports future philanthropists and the one in ten members of Gen Z who want to start a charity by offering ways to use technology to do good. Students will develop an actionable plan for a humanitarian effort of their choice and learn about the business of fundraising, volunteering and creating awareness for their cause.
    • Ages: 8+
    • Duration: Four 2-hour sessions
  • Code A Talking Robot With Ohbot provides students with hands-on access to the Ohbot robot, available to purchase at Microsoft.com beginning Friday, June 1, and teaches them to bring it to life by coding movements and speech.
    • Ages: 8+
    • Duration: Two 2-hour sessions
  • Make Your Own Movie With 3D and Mixed Reality provides students with access to Microsoft’s latest 3D drawing and movie-making technology. From character development and storyboarding to shooting and editing, students learn how to create their own movie and are encouraged to invite friends and family to their Microsoft Store hosted movie premiere at the end of the camp.
    • Ages: 8+
    • Duration: Four 2-hour sessions
  • Beginners Fun with Computers and Coding is a fun and engaging way for first-time coders to build using Blockly and learn how computers and code work. At the end of the camp, students show off their new skills in a student-led session for parents.
    • Ages: 6-8
    • Duration: One 2-hour session
  • Minecraft Coding – learn computer science with your favorite game in an inclusive and immersive experience of creating, exploring and learning code in the popular world of Minecraft with MakeCode.
    • Ages: 8+
    • Duration: Four 2-hour sessions

What Kids Say

Watch this video to hear students share their experiences with Microsoft’s summer camps.

Register Today for Camps

YouthSpark summer camp schedules can be found on each Microsoft Store calendar. Please note class availability may vary by location. Visit the Events for Students page to find a class near you. Be aware that classes fill up fast.

About YouthSpark

In September 2012, Microsoft Store launched Microsoft YouthSpark, a bold initiative to connect hundreds of millions of youth with opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. In partnership with governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses, we’re helping the next generation use technology to make a real impact for a better tomorrow.

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