DigiGirlz Inspires Young Women to Explore STEM Careers

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Careers in technology are a hot topic of discussion these days, and for good reason. According to Code.org, computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average. Outside the United States, the tech sector is also…


Microsoft Hosts Mathletes for MATHCOUNTS Washington State Finals

By Jane Broom, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs It’s that time of year again…March Madness! A time to celebrate and cheer on student mathletes, the teams and their dedicated coaches for the months of preparation, teamwork and winning game plans. While you might think I’m talking about the one team from our state, the Gonzaga…


Meet Giving Hero Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

By Elisa Willman, Senior Manager MarComm, Microsoft Citizenship Attending an international school in India, Poorvi Shrivastav took her first computer programming class at the age of 7. Like most young people, she became obsessed with the gadgets, phones and computers that allowed her to email her classmates after school and stay connected with her father…


Globaloria Honored at 2013 Tech Awards

By Joseph Beare, Manager of Communications, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Silicon Valley Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president, technology and civic engagement at Microsoft, congratulates Education Laureates Idit Harel Caperton and Amber Oliver of Globaloria. Image: The Tech Museum of Innovation For the past decade, Microsoft has sponsored the education category of the Tech Awards, presented by the…


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…


Good Read: Why STEM Education & Blended Learning Matter

By Kristin Lee, Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Our friends at the Microsoft on the Issues blog are featuring a post about the most recent event from the @Microsoft series focused on education. In Washington, D.C., the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosted a panel on “Preparing the Next Generation for 21st Century Jobs: Why…


Steve Ballmer honored as a top 100 “STEM CEO”

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs A new list of the top 100 “STEM CEOs” includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The list was published by STEMconnector, which helps its members design, implement and measure STEM strategies, and presented today as part of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions summit. According to a…


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…


Diary of a DigiGirl: Lizzie Yoo

Last April, I spent most of my time looking into summer programs while procrastinating taking study breaks. Because it was my the summer before my senior year of high school, the last thing I wanted to do was sit at home. While sorting through billions of search results on Bing, I recalled that my close…