Teaching kids computer science: no computer required

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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 »

Computer science opportunities for young people explored in PBS series

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Roadtrip Nation is an organization on a mission to help young people answer the question “What is my road in life?” Through their documentary television series that airs on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), beginning Sept. 1, Roadtrip Nation follows young adults as they travel across the nation in a big, green RV, interviewing people who have built careers around a unique combination of skills and interests. Microsoft, through its Read more »

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

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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 »

Students flock to Computer Science Fair in Redmond to explore exciting futures

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Last week, more than 1,600 Washington state high school students and teachers traveled to Microsoft to explore the awesome educational and career opportunities offered by computer science. Students who attended are part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft YouthSpark to bring computer science (CS) education to every high school. The program partners technology industry professionals with classroom teachers to “team teach” computer Read more »

Why we need to pass House Bill 1813 in Washington state

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Over the past two years, Microsoft and our allies worked to broaden access to computer science in high school. Half the states now allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation. Yet every student should be able to learn this subject. It’s time for Washington state to make computer science really count by passing House Bill 1813. That’s why I joined leaders from education, non-profits, and business in Read more »

Microsoft and The Seattle Times team up to host discussion on importance of early learning

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On Wednesday, Microsoft had the opportunity to host an important discussion about early learning in Washington state. We sponsored the conversation as part of The Seattle Times’ new LiveWire event series. LiveWire events address vital issues impacting our region and its people by bringing together local and national experts for provocative conversations moderated by a Seattle Times journalist. The early learning program did just that. Last night’s event was moderated by The Seattle Read more »

Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development. The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion people on the planet living on just $1.25 a day by 2030. The lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security, nutrition, Read more »

Which state will be next to recognize computer science as a math or science credit in high school?

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Yesterday, Washington took an important step in helping create new opportunities for our state’s children and our economy. , General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft and several students look on as Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signs SHB1472 into law at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. [Read more…] Community Tag

Creating Opportunities for Women in Latin America

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For the second year in a row, Women and Social Inclusion is a key topic area we’ll be discussing over the next two days at Microsoft’s annual Government Leaders Forum – Latin America and Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro. The event brings together government leaders and other influential thinkers to exchange ideas and discuss experiences on the opportunities that Information Technology enables in the region. Distinguished women leaders from the Read more »