Microsoft celebrates Computer Science Week with free coding workshops for kids across the US, Canada, UK & Australia

December 7, 2019

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Microsoft is celebrating Computer Science Education Week with free coding workshops for kids across the US, Canada, UK & Australia. In the coming years, technology jobs are expected to grow significantly, but most schools don’t offer computer science classes for kids. To improve this situation, Microsoft is offering over 400 free workshops, in addition to the already announced Hour of Code tutorial.

  • Microsoft Store will hold over 400 free CS workshops across the US, Canada, UK & Australia with partners such as Girl Scouts, Black Girls Code and MANCODE (underrepresented male minorities) and more. Workshops will ignite students’ passion for computer science by offering fun experiences centered around coding, game design and app development. Participants will learn from a diverse set of mentors from across the STEM field, with a focus on inclusion around underrepresented students.
  • A new Minecraft Hour of Code AI tutorial that introduces students to AI with a theme of preventing forest fires, inspired by how Microsoft’s AI for Earth team is using AI for forest management and conservation. The tutorial is free and part of the international Hour of Code that encourages classrooms worldwide to use coding tutorials during Computer Science Education Week.

You can learn more about workshop availability at your local Microsoft Store here. And you can learn more about Minecraft Hour of Code lesson here.

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