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    YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process. It’s all part of computer science.

    Make your own game – Learn to code Flatverse

    Kodu Makerspace

    Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, beginner-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals and how to build games in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and collaboration. The camp also lets them give and get constructive feedback with others, exercise their logic and critical thinking skills, and test games and resolve challenges with Kodu Game Lab features. Don’t miss this chance to learn and have fun.

    This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. As a beginner-level camp, it is recommended for kids ages 8 to 11.

    Minecraft Hour of Code

    Learn to Code Flatverse

    Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals, then get hands-on instruction on how to read and write basic code themselves. They’ll even learn how to publish their game, so others can play it on their computer or mobile device. Kids will love this opportunity to exercise their problem-solving and logic skills while having fun and making new friends.

    This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This intermediate-level camp is recommended for kids ages 12 and older.

    Start Your Own Business

    Start Your Own Business

    Be inspired in this free, interactive camp that offers entrepreneurial kids the knowledge, tools and support to make their business idea a reality. Kids learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch. All campers will leave with a basic business plan and polished pitch, and the opportunity to present their idea to friends, family, and local entrepreneurs.

    This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This camp is for kids age 13 and older and requires a Microsoft account.

    Be an Inventor with littleBits

    Be an Inventor with littleBits

    Invent and create in this free, beginner-level maker camp that offers kids an introduction to electronics and robotics in a fun, interactive, and gender-neutral environment. Participants will experience the littleBits invention cycle of create, play, remix, and share as they collaborate on their creations. On the final day of camp, they’ll have the opportunity to share their inventions with parents, caregivers, and peers.

    This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and participants must attend the days consecutively. As a beginner-level camp, it is recommended for kids ages 8 to 11. This camp is available exclusively at the Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave and 53rd Street in Manhattan.

    The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must provide a signed Participation Agreement and remain in the Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.

    Extend your experience

    YouthSpark Field Trips

    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.

    Microsoft Imagine

    YouthSpark Camps include tutorials from Microsoft Imagine for programs like ProjectSpark, TouchDevelop and Kodu Game Lab! Whether you’re building a game, designing an app, or launching a project, Microsoft Imagine will help you develop your idea and boldly bring it to life. For free coding activities to extend your YouthSpark Camp experience, visit Microsoft Imagine.

    Run a YouthSpark Camp

    Would you like to run a YouthSpark Camp at your nonprofit organization? Download our YouthSpark Camp content including the leader guide, PowerPoint, participant handbook and certificate and start teaching coding camps today!

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