Calling All Students, Teachers, Parents, and Engineers — Local #CSEdWeek Events!

Dec 5, 2014   |   Aimee Sprung

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(L-R) Congressman Joe Kennedy completes the first #HourOfCode in Massachusetts at Microsoft New England; CSSparks, students teach kids coding at the Natick Mall; Microsoft Store is offering free #YouthSpark Hour of Code Workshops for kids.

In partnership with Code.org, Microsoft is challenging 100 million youth to participate in the Hour of Code. That means just one hour of learning the basics of computer science. Last year, the Hour of Code reached 44 million students worldwide. This year’s campaign aims to reach a cumulative 100 million students, worldwide. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, you can help us reach this goal.

There are 50,000 #HourOfCode Events planned worldwide for #CSEdWeek (December 8-14), and 965 events registered in Massachusetts alone!! That’s 300 more than last year.

Microsoft is supporting a number of activities in Cambridge and Boston during CS Ed Week – we’ve listed some of our picks below.

Need further convincing to take part? Check out these stats and resources via Code.org!

1. Hour of Code Workshops at Microsoft Store – Smart Game Coding (Young Developers ages 8-10 & 11-13)
Monday, December 8 – Friday, December 12, daily at 4pm (+ 6pm on Friday)

Create. Code. Play. Go behind the scenes and learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Campers will explore technologies like TouchDevelop and Windows App Studio, and become familiar with the coding environment, as they explore what’s possible when building an app. Register today as camps fill up quickly. This is a two-day camp.

Register at our Boston store at the Prudential Center HERE.
Register at our Natick store at Natick Mall HERE.
Register at our Burlington store HERE.

2. MassCAN CSSparks at Microsoft Store, Natick
Wednesday, December 10 + Saturday, December 13, 6pm-8pm

CSSparks is a student-run organization, where students teach students how to code. Learn more about CSSparks by reading our past interview with them here!

3. Mini-WOW at Microsoft New England
Thursday, December 11, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Showcase of Citizen Schools student work completed during the semester at Microsoft under the guidance of Microsoft volunteer teachers.

4. Museum of Science Hour of Code
Saturday 12/13 – Sunday 12/14, 10am – 4pm

Create your own art robots! Program your way through the Fruit Loops Maze! Play a piano with potatoes or create a game controller! The Museum of Science is presenting its characteristically imaginative take on #CSEdWeek with fun, educational hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Participate in a variety of DIY projects and engage in a wide range of computer science activities throughout the Museum during the celebration.

For additional events and information, head to masstlcef.org.

To learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to youth and education, visit our YouthSpark Hub or follow us on twitter at @msftcitizenship.

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