Microsoft YouthSpark Community

The latest and greatest on YouthSpark in your community and around the globe.

April
2015
April 2015

Share the Big Dream: Host a Screening

April 1, 2015 – April 30, 2015

Big Dream follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering. From small town Iowa to the bustling streets of the Middle East, Big Dream immerses viewers in a world designed by and for the inspiring next generation of girls. We hope young women, teachers, education administration, community leaders and families host free screenings and help us encourage more girls to follow their dreams through computing.

Microsoft is pleased to underwrite and co-produce the Big Dream documentary directed by Kelly Cox and co-produced by Iron Way Films. Learn more about the film, the stars, the partners, the leadership team, free in person and online resources to learn about STEM and computer science and how you can host a free screening.

Submit an application for hosting a Big Dream movie screening.

March
2015
March 2015

Roadtrip Nation: Code Trip Application Now Open

March 2, 2015 – April 20, 2015

Microsoft is partnering with Roadtrip Nation to send youth interested in computer science on a 4-week cross-country adventure to discover the exciting possibilities in the industry. Three young people will travel in Roadtrip Nation’s Green RV and will interview professionals all over the country who have turned their passion for computer science into fulfilling careers. Applications are open now through April 20.

Apply now to hit the road with Code Trip.

March
2015
March 2015

TEALS Volunteer Application Now Open

March 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015

TEALS is a Microsoft program that offers a unique opportunity for technology professionals to co-teach computer science in a high school in the US, and help establish a sustainable computer science program at the school. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the 2015-2016 school year.

Learn more about volunteering with TEALS.

March
2015
March 2015

Project Spark: Play Games You Create

March 10, 2015 – March 31, 2015

Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games. Experience the ultimate interactive playground, delivered as a free digital download with many options for enhancing your creative experience.

With a new Project Spark training course on Microsoft Virtual Academy or learn how other youth are playing Project Spark through weekly Twitch.tv tutorials.

Get started creating your own Games and Experiences for free on Project Spark today!

February
2015
February 2015

YouthSpark Challenge for Change

February 25, 2015 – March 25, 2015

Last year, five young people got the chance of a lifetime to make their world-changing ideas into a reality. Now it’s your term. Have an idea for solving a social problem in your community? Enter the YouthSpark Challenge for Change by March 25th and you could win big!

Enter here: http://www.microsoft.com/youthsparkchallenge

February
2015
February 2015

YouthSpark at We Day

February 25, 2015

We Day is an initiative of Free The Children. It is a concert, a rally, and a celebration of a movement to inspire and encourage young people to serve their communities and work together to make the world a better place.

This February, Microsoft will co-title sponsor We Day in San Jose, California.

Follow #YouthSpark on Twitter on February 25, 2015 to learn more about YouthSpark at We Day and to join the conversation!

February
2015
February 2015

Celebrating Entrepreneurs Event at the Microsoft Stores

February 21, 2015 – February 26, 2015

Microsoft is proud to celebrate current and future entrepreneurs—and offer our dedicated partnership in bringing your ideas to life. Attend a free event at your local Microsoft store featuring notable , local keynote speakers, special offers & product demos—plus get 10% off software and 5% off everything else in the store.* Events are happening at select Microsoft stores between February 21 to 26, 2015. Date and time varies by location.

*Terms apply

Space is limited, so find your store and register today.

February
2015
February 2015

YouthSpark & the Youth Assembly @ the UN

February 11, 2015 – February 12, 2015

Microsoft will be joining the Youth Assembly at the UN to learn from attendees and to share more about how Microsoft YouthSpark can help youth achieve more.

Learn more about the Youth Assembly at the United Nations!

January
2015
January 2015

2015 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Application is Now Open

June 15, 2015 – August 21, 2015

This summer, Microsoft is sponsoring and hosting the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in our Redmond, WA; Mountain View, CA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; and Boston, MA offices.

Across the program, over a thousand young women nationwide will develop the skills they need to code the products they want to see in the world. They’ll spend 7 weeks learning and getting inspiration from techies, celebs, and CEOs.

The best part? They’ll join the 3,000+ Girls Who Code who empower each other every day to continue pursuing their academic and professional dreams.

If you are a girl interested in technology, Start Your Application Now!

January
2015
January 2015

TEALS Partnership Application is Now Open

Applications for 2015-2016 School Partnerships are now open.

Going into the 2014-2015 school year TEALS is partnered with 131 schools in 18 states plus Washington, D.C. Read more to learn how TEALS helped a young man in rural Kentucky realize his dreams. For more information on the program, contact TEALS here.To volunteer with TEALS, you can apply here.

Apply for a TEALS School Partnership today!

December
2014
December 2014

YouthSpark Field Trips—Learn to Code

Available during the 2014/2015 school year — Recommended for third to eighth grade groups.

Coding is for everyone! Learn how to code firsthand at the Microsoft retail store without having to master complex algorithms. The core principles of coding apply to all students as they learn to organize, communicate and execute in a logical manner. Students learn storytelling through gaming, building and testing simple code, publishing apps and more using TouchDevelop and Project Spark.

Book your field trip today.

December
2014
December 2014

YouthSpark Fall & Winter Camps—Smart Game Coding & Smart Game Designing

Available October 2014 to February 2015 — Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

In Smart Game Coding, 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.

In Smart Game Designing, learn how to build, publish, and bring mobile games to life. Campers will learn how easy it is to code and create immersive customized game environments with Kodu and Project Spark. They will explore how to go beyond playing games with the strategy and creativity involved to design and develop games. Afterwards, they can even share them with friends and family.

Find your store and register online.

December
2014
December 2014

Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14

Join the movement that is introducing young people across the country to computer science. Start with an Hour of Code and then move on to tutorials that will introduce you to JavaScript or teach you how to program your own games and apps. Anyone can learn to code.

Find out how to get involved.

December
2014
December 2014

Giving Tuesday, December 2

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to give. Choose a cause that’s important to you and become part of this global celebration of generosity.

Visit YouthSpark on GlobalGiving, to maximize your Giving Tuesday donation through Microsoft bonuses and matching funds.

October
2014
October 2014

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, October 6 – 8

Policy makers, youth leaders, educators, and researchers from around the globe are just some of the people who will unite in Washington DC for three days of collaboration and partnership building. Young people can connect with colleagues, exchange information, and learn how to incorporate technology into a successful future.

Microsoft is the technology sponsor for the conference and will be hosting a YouthSpark Generator on October 9 for registered participants. This is an opportunity for youth leaders to network with Microsoft staff and discuss new ideas for improving economic opportunities for young people.

Find out how to register!

July 2014
July 2014

YouthSpark Reporters at Imagine Cup July 29 – August 2

You can find out all the latest happenings during Imagine Cup Finals week from our YouthSpark Reporters! They’ll be attending events all week long and will bring you all the excitement of the world’s premier student technology competition on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Just look for the #YouthSpark hashtag!

YouthSpark Reporters are expers on YouthSpark, our global initiative to empower 300 million young people through opportunities to develop computer science skills, find jobs, and start their own businesses. They help connect young people to programs like Imagine Cup and will have front row seats to the Imagine Cup World Finals, the awards ceremony, and Imagine Cup Day at MOHAI in Seattle.

July 2014
July 2014

Imagine Cup Finals, Seattle: July 29 - August 2

Every year, tens thousands of students form teams, create amazing technology projects, and compete in Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions worldwide. The very best teams strive to make it all the way: to the Imagine Cup World Finals. These teams will learn more and work harder than ever before, motivated by the power of competition and their pride in what they accomplish. Awaiting them are $1 million in prizes as well as opportunities and support to start their own companies and get mentoring directly from Microsoft staff. For students everywhere, Imagine Cup is the beginning of a brilliant career.

Find out how you can get involved.

June 2014
June 2014

We’ve added even more to the YouthSpark Hub!

A big welcome to two more YouthSpark programs that will help connect you to the tools needed for success. Whether you have a simple tech question or need tips on starting a successful startup, these programs can help!

The Microsoft MVP Mentors program connects students to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) who can answer questions and offer guidance. Whether you need one-on-one help or a mentor for your Imagine Cup team, Microsoft MVPs are here for you. Join the worldwide MVP Mentor Community.

Microsoft Ventures is helping promising early-stage startups around the world take flight. The program will connect you with experts who can give you the mentoring, technical guidance, and connections you need to turn your killer idea into the next Big Thing!

Find out how you can get involved.

May 2014
May 2014

Be part of the UN Global Week of Action! May 5-11

If you had the chance, what kind of world would you vote for? MY World is a United Nations global survey that allows people to have their say on issues that matter most to them. More than 2 million people from 194 countries have taken the opportunity to tell the UN and world leaders the changes they need for a better future. The results are used to inform the new Millennium Development Goals in 2015. If you vote during the Global Week of Action May 5 – 11, you will get a personalized video created for you! Share it with your friends, family, and with us by including #YouthSpar.

Tell the UN the world you want!

April 2014
April 2014

YouthSpark Bonus Day

The crowd funding site YouthSpark on Global Giving is helping young people around the world improve their communities, from providing clean water to buying books for schools. On YouthSpark Bonus Day, donated funds will be matched 50 percent, up to $100,000!

Explore YouthSpark projects around the world.

March 2014
March 2014

We Day California:
We Day Heads to the San Francisco Bay Area

You can't buy a ticket to We Day but you can earn it through service. Learn how your school can get involved in the year-long We Act program and earn admission into this incredible event. Help your generation shift from "me" to "we" by making conscious choices on what you watch, wear, and consume.

How do you get to We Day?

March 2014
March 2014

We Day Seattle:
The Movement of our Time

We Day is empowering a generation of young global citizens through this inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative. Find out how you can use your skills to improve the world around you.

Become a part of this life-changing movement.