Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not surprised – by their passion to make a real difference in…


Free YouthSpark Summer Camps for Kids – Sign Up Today

By Elisa Willman, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Microsoft Citizenship It’s summer vacation. My eight year old has already been to the zoo, the park, the beach and the mall. She has started her summer reading program, built forts, organized play-dates and watched one too many episodes of Phineas & Pherb. But, in a few short days, she…


Microsoft Congratulates Winners of the Third Annual National STEM Video Game Challenge

By Caroline Curtin, Policy Counsel, Microsoft U.S. Government Affairs Yesterday was an exciting day for 16 talented young game designers from across the country as the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media announced the middle school and high school student winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. Microsoft is…


Young Kodu designer showcases at 2013 White House Science Fair

By Caroline Curtin, Policy Counsel Microsoft U.S. Government Affairs “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you’ve produced the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too,” said President Obama in 2009, on…


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…


Kodu Cup Winners Announced

Today we are announcing the winners of the first U.S. Kodu Cup. It’s a competition that challenged kids across the United States (from the age of 9 to 17) to use Kodu – a free game development tool from Microsoft – to create their own video game for the chance to win great prizes and…


When I Grow Up…

We all remember what we wanted to be when we grew up. In fact, I think most of us probably had different fantasy jobs as we moved through our childhood. I’ll never forget a trip to the Ringling Circus when I was eight; it left me with an intense desire to pursue a career in…

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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…


Technology ties to great futures

Editor’s Note: Our thoughts are with those impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While it may be some time until the full impact has been assessed, we will continue to work with our nonprofit partners to determine where our support can be of the greatest benefit. More on our efforts supporting relief…