Looking for Free Summer Activities? Here are Some Can’t-Miss Opportunities!

If your kids are like most, they love gadgets and tech. And those passions have many upsides, including offering your child a gateway into future skill sets they will need when they enter the job market. What could be better than combining the techie fun kids love with the opportunity to learn this summer? Imaginations, start your engines!

If your child is at least 6 years old, and you live near an urban area, they have a wonderful opportunity this summer: Microsoft Stores are offering a plethora of free workshops and children’s camps at their nationwide store locations, which will run from May 2018 through the end of August 2018.

Classes and camps are divided by age, but cover all ages between 6 and teens. Want to offer your 6-to-8-year-old the chance to learn about computers, including learning basic coding skills? Done!

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Would your 8+-year-old love to learn how to make movies, even in 3D? They’ll learn storyboarding, editing, and developing skills on Microsoft’s latest 3-D animation and movie-making software. There will even be a movie premier for parents to attend at the end of the camp!

Is your 8+-year old a fan of robotics? Look no further: one camp offers the opportunity to program an OH-bot http://www.ohbot.co.uk/, bringing it to life with facial expressions and speech!

Minecraft fans will get to learn the fundamentals of coding for this popular video game!

The “Create a Difference In Your World” workshop will take your child through researching a local issue they care about, and show them how to use technology to create action plans to fundraise, volunteer, or get the word out about their chosen cause.

STEM Saturdays (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) offers kids between the ages of 11 and 14 (or younger kids with parental support) the chance to dive deep into these four topics, the foundations of which are each so pivotal to future educational goals.

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There are even classes for recent grads. The courses “Tackle Your Future” and “Land Your Dream Job” offer help with sharpening resumes, getting professional headshots for LinkedIn, and networking and refining technical skills for the job hunt. Microsoft’s own executives will be on hand to support your grad!

If you live in an urban area or will be visiting one this summer, don’t miss these opportunities for your kids! See the official site for more information and locations. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/events-for-students?icid=StudentsAndEducators_cat_feature3_events-for-students_442018

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