Computer Science Education Week: An opportunity to bring 21st century skills to everyone

Two girls in Microsoft Store in New Jersey participating in the Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial.

Today marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This annual initiative mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. Why does computer science education matter? Right now, fewer than 3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States are in the field of computer science. Yet, computer programming jobs are Read more »

Teaching kids computer science: no computer required

Six girls outside a classroom learning computer science by using CS Unplugged

Every young person should have the opportunity to learn computer science skills and, by extension, gain a better understanding of how the technology works, since it will impact so many aspects of their lives. A grant announced today will help more youth get that opportunity. Computational thinking is described by Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, as the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing Read more »

Microsoft interns in British Columbia get a lesson in changing the world

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, Vancover, British Columbia

In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stood on a stage at the Build 2016 conference, in front of an audience of hundreds – with many more watching online – and introduced Seeing AI, a research project that aims to help the visually impaired or blind better navigate the world around them. The Seeing AI research prototype uses computer vision, image and speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning to Read more »

Code.org + TEALS = More AP computer science in high schools

Recently, Code.org and the TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program, agreed to launch a joint pilot program to do even more to support computer science education in U.S. high schools. Computer science (CS) is hugely important to the future of the country, yet currently, only one in four high schools in the U.S. offer computer science courses to their students. Microsoft Philanthropies has been seeding the investment in Read more »

Washington state math wiz takes first prize in national MathCounts competition

This week, Edward Wan, a seventh grader from Lakeside Middle School in Seattle, Washington, became the first-place champion of the 2016 Raytheon MathCounts National Competition. Approximately 140,000 students in the United States participate annually in school MathCounts competitions, leading up to this big event. It was a particularly proud moment for those of us at Microsoft. For the past 10 years, we’ve hosted on our campus the MathCounts Lake Washington Read more »

Giving all students a chance to create the future

Today, I am thrilled to stand with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as she leads an initiative to bring computer science education to every public K–12 school across Rhode Island. The governor’s focus on computer science provides Microsoft Philanthropies with a great opportunity to partner in helping to achieve our own mission to expand digital inclusion and empowerment for everyone. An important element of that mission is to enable all Read more »

Washington state computer science students urge applications for unique STEM scholarship by Feb. 29

STEM, scholarship, education

Katy McClintic, a senior at Western Washington University, is set to receive her degree this June in computer science, with a minor in mathematics. And she’s already accepted a job offer to start as a program manager at Microsoft. She’s thrilled at how far she’s come, but it wasn’t always easy. “Getting a computer science degree is time-intensive and stressful at times,” she says. But along the way Katy found Read more »

Every Student Succeeds Act will increase access to STEM learning

Today, a major K-12 education overhaul took one step closer to becoming law when the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  This legislation will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy.  And its passage comes at a unique time during Read more »

Microsoft sponsors program to give kids in British Columbia the ‘Right To Play’

YouthSpark, citizenship, education, youths

Deserae Wycotte of the Williams Lake Indian Band, a First Nation community in British Columbia, is on a mission. “I’ve known these kids since they were babies,” she says, reflecting on the children and teens she mentors every day at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium, where she works as an after-school program coordinator. “My goal is to instill an educational interest in youth at a young age, so they can keep Read more »

Lady Gaga, Yale launch “Emotion Revolution” in U.S. schools

Emotion Revolution

It’s time to stop telling American high-schoolers to “suck it up” and swallow the pressures of young adulthood, say Lady Gaga and leaders of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Instead, the somewhat unlikely duo wants to empower young people to make schools and communities places where emotions matter and all students can thrive. Enter, the “Emotion Revolution.” New research from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence shows 75 percent of 22,000 Read more »