Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Microsoft Launches YouthSpark

Microsoft's YouthSpark is an international initiative charged to increase access for all youth to learn computer science, providing an equitable platform for students to not only learn but to share their passions and creations. YouthSpark provides over 30 free programs and resources to help our youth learn computer science. Why is this important?

Only 2% of recent Texas high school graduates have enrolled and completed a computer science course, even though 60% of all STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs are computing jobs. How can you help?

  1. Connect: Teachers can begin by getting involved. To learn more about STEM careers and computer science follow the hashtag #MakeWhatsNext. 
  2. Teach: Bring STEM into your classroom by providing collaborative outlets for our students to think critically, and problem solving.
  3. Advocate: We all believe in our students but it is sometimes hard to know how to foster creativity and to inspire kids to consider STEM. Let your students be creative. Use resources to provide equitable access to all students. Microsoft's YouthSpark is a great start and resources can easily be implemented in a makerspace environment. Check out YouthSpark's Resource Hub. 

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