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Girls Do Science with Microsoft YouthSpark

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Did you know that 7 out of 10 young girls start out with an interest in Science and Math, yet the majority of young women abandon this interest and only a small percent pursue STEM-related degrees? Further, according to Girls Who Code, In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women, but today that number is just 18%. 20% of AP Computer Science test-takers are female, and 0.4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in Computer Science.

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Girls Do Science

The challenge to inspire girls and young women in science and math careers is something Microsoft has been talking about a lot lately. In March, Microsoft released a powerful Girls Do Science video, asking girls to reflect on their experiences and engagements with technology.

Microsoft's YouthSpark was created with programs to learn skills, to prepare for the jobs of the future, and even empower kids to start their own business. The YouthSpark Hub from Microsoft is a great resource for young girls - and boys - to find programs to create technology and pursue STEM education. Here are some of our favorite free programs on the YouthSpark Hub.

Channel 9: Go behind the scenes with the developers and designers who create some of your favorite products. Learn to use these technologies in video tutorials by the experts.

DigiGirlz: gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Microsoft Imagine Cup: Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrates solutions that can change the way we live, work and play.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

Kodu Game Lab: Build Games. Play Games. Share Games. Create games on PC and Xbox with a cool visual programming language.

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If you have kids still looking for summer camp opportunities, the YouthSpark Hub is a great resource for STEM based opportunities. Here are just a couple examples.

Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Programs involve the Summer Immersion Program, a 7-week intensive computer science course.

Sprout E-Course: Provide young leaders with access to training in essential skills, including team building, project management, communications and leveraging technology as they imagine, plan and develop social innovation projects.

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps

Sign up for free YouthSpark summer camp at a Microsoft store and learn to code, take awesome digital photos, or make your own short movie.

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Microsoft offers all-new Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Design camps for both beginners and intermediates. Kids get hands on experience in coding and designing their own games and apps with the latest technologies, including Kodu, TouchDevelop, and Project Spark.

  • Enhance knowledge of the latest technology
  • Build critical-thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Introduce and build on valuable coding skills
  • Each camp is two hours a day over four consecutive days of learning and fun. Beginner camps are designed for ages 8 to 11, and intermediate camps for ages 12 and older.

Visit the YouthSpark page to see if there is a camp near you.

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