Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup winners go to the White House

Earlier today, three outstanding students, David Hayden, Hannah Wyman, and Jacen Sherman – winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup student competitions – participated in the second annual White House Science Fair, hosted by President Barack Obama. David, Hannah and Jacen were among only 100 students selected to attend the event, which celebrated…


A Winning Strategy: Teaching Students and Cultivating an Interest in Computer Science

Combating viruses, saving the lives of expectant mothers, and retrieving food from a warehouse controlled by an evil dictator; it’s not just fun and games in teacher Pat Yongpradit’s computer science classes at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Students in his class are challenged to make sense of complicated algorithms and complex data…


Fiery dragons and social entrepreneurs tackle asthma

Kodu Cup grand prize winner Hannah Wyman, 10, meets with winning Imagine Cup team, Team Dragon, at the Student Showcase event at Lincoln Center on July 13, 2011. If you ever get the chance to meet the young Hannah Wyman of Leominster, Massachusetts, you’ll be struck by her shining upbeat personality and her big smile….


Exploring children’s creativity with technology during girls’ night out

Last week a lively group of mothers met online for an event called “Girls’ Night Out” (#GNO). #GNO is a two hour virtual party hosted on Twitter by online parenting influential Mom It Forward (@MomItForward). This week’s theme was “Children’s problem-solving skills and creativity through the use of technology.” The conversational online social event included…


Making Games Can Contribute to Learning

Editor’s Note: Today we announced the full availability of Microsoft Kodu Game Lab for the PC and the launch of a nationwide Kodu Cup competition. We’re inviting students, aged nine to 17 to design, build and submit their own video games. The following is a guest blog post about the educational benefits of video games…