The latest and greatest on YouthSpark in your community and around the globe.
December 21, 2016-February 7, 2017
Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the
U.S. Imagine Cup – a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. U.S. finalists can win up to $6,000, startup and technology mentorship, and the chance to advance to the Imagine Cup global finals, where one team will be selected to win $100,000 for our 15th Imagine Cup anniversary. Sign up to compete at aka.ms/usicspringqualify17 and learn more about the competition here.*
*Open to students that are 16+ years old and enrolled at a U.S. school or University.
Sign up to compete at aka.ms/USICspringqualify17 For more info, visit imaginecup.com/usa for more info or email email@example.com
January 3, 2017
TEALS is a program that helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science (CS) programs by pairing experienced and trained software engineer professionals with classroom teachers. Teachers from various content backgrounds work in partnership with TEALS volunteers and learn the CS curriculum by team-teaching in their own classrooms. TEALS provides teachers & schools with in-class volunteer support from computer science experts during first period classes and proven curriculum materials especially for high school students. TEALS provides teachers with high-quality professional development, mentoring support, and in-classroom observations during the school year. TEALS is in 25 states and works with hundreds of schools annually.
Get involved. Bring computer science to your high school with TEALS!
November 15, 2016-December 14, 2016
The Microsoft Virtual Academy Know it. Prove it. challenge is back to capture the attention of tech enthusiasts worldwide! The month-long challenge caters to developers, data pros, and students, motivating them to further their knowledge on the latest technologies. This campaign is designed to drive awareness with net new audiences, as well as foster engagement amidst our friendly technical audiences. To date, over 100k individuals have participated in a Know it. Prove it. challenge, 44% of which were new to MVA.
This edition of Know it. Prove it. brings an exciting new development, as the campaign now lives directly on MVA and will be piloting the implementation of learning paths and badges!
Whether you’re a Developer, Data Pro, or a Student, you can learn valuable skills quickly and correctly through video tutorials, assessments, and more. Put on your supercape, and uncover your tech powers. Accept the Know it. Prove it. mission, meet the challenge, and earn the badges. This challenge runs from November 15, 2016, through December 14, 2016.
Sign up now!
November 11, 2016-December 20, 2016
Microsoft's premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 15th year! We’ve doubled the prize, so you have the chance to win up to $100,000, receive start-up and technology mentorship, and compete for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy. Sign up to compete at aka.ms/usicwinterqualify17 and learn more about the competition here.*
*Open to students that are 16+ years old and enrolled at a U.S. school or University.
Sign up to compete at aka.ms/USICwinterqualify17For more info, visit imaginecup.com/usa for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 21, 2016-July 30, 2017
Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honor of taking home the Imagine Cup! Be a part of the next high-tech revolution and shape the world of tomorrow today.
September 26, 2016
New Fall Camps boost kids’ creativity and confidence with hands-on, in-depth learning experiences on the latest technology. Code and Create with Collage Me is a two-hour Camp for beginners ages 8–11 that lets them use their creativity and imagination to design a unique personal collage that can be shared with family and friends. Shoot, Edit, and Share with PicsArt is a free, four-part Camp that teaches kids 13 and older how to transform photos into works of art with the tip of their finger or Surface Pen.
Find your Microsoft Store and register.
This free, four-part series is designed to empower students with critical organizational and technology skills to help them do more. Each Class offers hands-on interactive learning through the planning and development of a fundraising campaign for a social project of their choosing. Students will gain a functional understanding of Microsoft productivity tools and applications, such as Office, Windows 10, and Surface, that can be applied toward their education and career alike. This free four-part Class lasts two hours per day, and students must attend the days consecutively. It’s recommended for students and young adults 13 and older.
Book a YouthSpark Field Trip at Microsoft Store where kids get hands-on as they learn to code, design games, and get creative with the latest apps and technologies. Our all-new Field Trips introduce them to Touch Develop, PicsArt, and Surface Pro 4 to get them familiar with the coding environment while exploring and having fun. YouthSpark Field Trips are free, two-hour events for students 8 and older. Contact your local Microsoft Store, and ask for the Community Development Specialist to book your YouthSpark Field Trip today.
November 1, 2016
The full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to purchase on November 1. For educators interested in trying the new title in their classroom for free before purchasing, early access version will still be available for free through November 1. The new version will include classroom mode and new Minecraft game features.
Learn more about Minecraft: Education Edition here.
September 9, 2016
Microsoft Imagine connects students with the tools, resources and experiences they need to elevate their skills for today's working world. Whether it's building a game, designing an app or launching a project, Microsoft Imagine helps students develop their ideas and boldly bring them to life. By creating a Microsoft Imagine student profile, you can access developer tools, resources, contests and more.
Join us on Microsoft Imagine today.
September 1, 2016
Microsoft teamed up with Roadtrip Nation, an organization focused on career exploration, on Code Trip, a documentary airing on PBS which showcases the exciting possibilities in computer science by gathering and sharing the stories of diverse leaders in the field who are busting stereotypes and harnessing their talent to change the world.
Through Code Trip, four action- packed episodes follow a whirlwind journey across the United States as three computer science students meet with coders, researchers, robotics engineers, and more, finding inspiration and guidance from people who have defied stereotypes to build meaningful careers in tech. As the road¬trippers discover the wide range of careers in computer science—and the diverse people working in them—they discover that they don’t have to fit a mold to make it in tech; anyone has the potential to be a driver of innovation and discovery.
Watch Code Trip!
August 28, 2016
We are proud to support WE Day, a celebration of thousands of youth who are making a difference in their communities and around the world. It’s part concert, part rally, and all inspiration. You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day‒you have to earn it! But on August 28th, you can join the celebration from home. Tune in to ABC at 7pm (6pm Central) for an hour-long special full of music, celebrities, and inspiring stories from world-changing youth.
Learn more about the WE Day Movement.
June 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016
Free YouthSpark Summer Camps teach kids how to create their own games and apps, and turn their business ideas into a reality, in a fun and supportive environment—your local Microsoft Store. Featured camps include Kodu Makerspace for kids 8–11, Learn to Code Flatverse for kids 12 and older, and Start Your Own Business for entrepreneurial ages 13 and older. Exclusively available at the Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave and 53rd Street in Manhattan, Be an Inventor with littleBits is available for kids 8-11.
Find your store and register today.
June 09, 2016 - August 31, 2016
Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Educators, administrators, and students at eligible academic institutions can try Minecraft: Education Edition for free.
Get started with Minecraft: Education Edition.
March 23, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Try Code.org’s 20-hour courses that students love. The courses are translated into 16 languages and they all combine self-paced, online lessons with “unplugged” classroom activities. Code.org's online platform Code Studio enables students to learn the basic concepts of computer science as early as kindergarten.
Teachers can track student progress and access lesson plans online. They offer free one-day workshops for K-5 educators to help you get started. All costs are covered by Code.org. Find a local workshop. For middle school and high school courses, ask your school about partnering with us. Learn more.
Get started with free online professional learning for our 20-hour courses and explore all Code Studio courses.
Get started with free online professional learning for our 20-hour courses.
Los Angeles, CA: April 7, 2016
Seattle, WA: April 20, 2016
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 April, Microsoft will co-title sponsor We Day in Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington.
Follow #YouthSpark on Twitter to learn more about YouthSpark at We Day on the above dates and to join the conversation!
March 1, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Help directly impact our next generation! TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from over 200 different companies across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to co-teach computer science in high schools throughout the US. TEALS volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future. Next year TEALS will be in 20 states at 250 schools reaching over 10,000 students and will need over 1000 volunteers.
Find out how to volunteer with TEALS now.
March 31, 2016
On Thursday, March 31st from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm PDT, fifteen student teams from across the country are battling for a chance to win the US Imagine Cup Finals. Winning teams take home $4,000 and compete for a spot in the World Imagine Cup Finals and a chance to win $50,000.
View and vote for your favorite team online and see if your school is represented. Get more inspiration from groundbreaking, tech-savvy students (just like you). Save the date to view.
Save the date to view.
February 26, 2016
We encourage you to put your ideas or existing projects to the test and submit to the U.S. Imagine Cup for the chance to win up to $54,000, attend and present at //BUILD, receive start up and technology mentorship, and compete for the Global Imagine Cup trophy. Imagine Cup is Microsoft's premier student technology competition and you can register for three categories: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship.
You can learn more and sign up here.
Jan 11, 2016 - March 19, 2016
Join us for our YouthSpark Winter Camps! This winter we are offering Learn to Code with Jetpack Jumper and Dream It, Make It camps at the Microsoft retail stores. Discover the secrets to game design and ignite your imagination as you learn to code your own games and apps. Recommended for ages 8-11 with intermediate camps for 12+. All camps are free and you must register to attend.
Register for YouthSpark Winter Camp today.
Dec 7, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015
This year, during Computer Science Education Week, we’re bringing an hour long Minecraft tutorial to Hour of Code. You can do the tutorial on your own, lead a group or join one of the hundreds of nonprofit organizations, including City Year and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the U.S., to take the Minecraft Hour of Code coding tutorial.
Start your Hour of Code with Minecraft tutorial.
Aug 21, 2015 - June 15, 2016
Students ages 6-18 worldwide are invited to explore this exciting and vital area of scientific research in Imagine Cup Earth, a new coding competition for students. Whether you have never coded before and would like to learn, or if you’re already studying coding and want to take on a new challenge, all skill levels are welcome to dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring your ideas to life. Microsoft Imagine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are co-presenting this contest for students around the world. During the 2015-16 Imagine Cup Earth season, a total of 18 winning students will share $36,000 in prizes for their earth-science coding projects.
Learn more about the Imagine Cup Earth student competition.
September 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015
Our exciting new lineup of YouthSpark Fall Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.
Camps are designed for beginners or intermediates to enhance their knowledge of the latest technology, build critical-thinking and problem-solving ability, and teach them valuable coding skills. This season's featured camp is Learn to Code with Jetpack Jumper--two hours of interactive, hands-on fun.
Register for YouthSpark Fall Camps today.
September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Book a YouthSpark Field Trip at the Microsoft store where kids get hands-on as they learn to code and design games. Our all-new field trips use Microsoft technology such as TouchDevelop, Kodu, and Project Spark to get kids familiar with the coding environment while exploring and having fun. We offer a variety of field trips ranging from two-hour to half-day sessions designed for groups of all ages and skill levels.
Contact your local Microsoft store, and ask for the Community Development Specialist to book your YouthSpark Field Trip today.
September 1, 2015
Summer is almost over, but your fun doesn’t have to be. Microsoft Imagine just added three more coding kits to help you either start coding or continue on your way to coding awesomeness. These coding kits are free, fun and short. It’s a great way to learn to code without having to spend precious summer hours staring at a computer screen. If you get stuck, the tutorial can help show you what to do. In “Endless Runner” you can make running courses harder and harder; in “Plotting a Stealthy Path” you get to muscle-up the guards protecting your estate; and in “Quadratic Root Finder,” channel your inner math geek and code an app to figure out a quadratic equation.
Check out the new coding kits here.
August 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Creative Coding through Games and Apps is a first-semester 18 week free course for introduction to programming designed for the early secondary grades. Students learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. Learning to code by creating real products, students discover how to make amazing things and have an impact on their world.
Download the full 18 week course today!
July 8, 2015
If you’ve always wanted to code your own game, summer is a great time to start! The newly launched Microsoft Imagine just added three more learn-to-code game kits. Designed for beginners of any age, the kits are free, easy to use and only take about half an hour per project. So, you can learn to code a game in the time it takes your dad or mom to make breakfast. Pretty cool.
Not only will you be introduced to the world of coding in a surprising and fun way, you’ll also be starting down a path that could change your future.
Check out the new coding kits.
June 10, 2015 - September 1, 2015
We realize that many students, schools and their IT administrators need a little time to prepare for major changes, like automatic installation of the OneNote Class Notebook app for Office 365 Education tenants. We have a couple new OneNote Notebooks for you to check out this Summer – OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms coming soon to Office 365.
Learn more about the new features coming this summer for OneNote in the blog post
June 1, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Join our free YouthSpark Summer Camps at the Microsoft store which encourages kids ages 8 and older get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their creativity and imagination.
We offer Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Design for both beginners 8-11 and intermediates 12 and older with all-new activities using Project Spark, Kodu, TouchDevelop, and more.
Each camp runs four consecutive days, and lasts two hours per day. While your child is in camp, parents can learn about online safety for their kids, try out a Surface 3, get a PC tune up, and more.
Find your store and register today
May 1, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Technology is constantly changing—and so are the businesses that depend on it. Get set for a career with impact! We’re looking for students and alumni to join Microsoft for a comprehensive product bootcamp and exclusive career fair.
Join Microsoft for an upcoming Career Connect Bootcamp here.
April 1, 2015 - May 1, 2015
Teach your students to code. Earn $500 in classroom funding from DonorsChoose.org! The first 200 teachers to complete Choose to Code will receive $500 in classroom funding from Donorschoose.org. Choose to Code works on Microsoft's TouchDevelop coding platform which introduces students to the power and potential of coding. Tomorrow's job will require strong math, science and computer skills, and in order to get public high school students* (grades 9-12) excited about STEM subjects, we need to inspire them with real possibilities. *Choose to Code is only available to public high schools in the U.S.
Sign in to get started with Choose to Code.
April 14, 2015
Microsoft is matching donations to nonprofits around the world during the Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day on April 14. Matching funds of $100,000 are available and individual donations to eligible projects will be matched at 50 percent while funds remain. Join us in supporting youth around the world!
Join us in supporting youth around the world!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Space is limited, so find your store and register today.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Find out how to get involved.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.