Microsoft YouthSpark: A new chapter in Citizenship at Microsoft

Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Earlier today our CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people over the next three years. We’ve created Microsoft YouthSpark in response to the challenges facing youth around the world. The nature of the challenges vary region-by-region,…


Back to School with Microsoft: Tampa Educators, Students to Benefit from New Digital Education Initiative with City, Hillsborough County Public Schools

By Marietta Davis, General Manager, Greater Southeast District, Microsoft Corporation This past Saturday, Tampa hosted “Back to School with Microsoft,” a successful event that trained more than 500 local educators as part of our efforts to modernize in-classroom teaching with Microsoft technologies, boost students’ technology skills, and emphasize the value of science, technology, engineering and…


Girls supporting girls in technology

Editor’s Note: Recently, the Microsoft Citizenship team had the opportunity to participate in the Millennial Impact Conference, joining the Case Foundation for a chat along with two youth beneficiaries of Microsoft programs entitled, “Creating International Opportunities for Action”. One of the youth participants in the chat, Genevieve L’Esperance, a participant in a number of Microsoft…


Cross Post: Utilizing Video Games and Playful Learning To Help Youth Bridge the Opportunity Divide

Editor’s note: This week Microsoft joined partners at three events dedicated to answering one question: How can enhanced public/private partnerships improve the quality of the education that students receive in the subjects that are crucial for creating the high paying jobs of the future and for bridging the opportunity divide in communities across the country? …


TEALS: Helping students discover computer science

By Gretchen Deo, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Recently I sat with a group of 22 kids from Rainier Beach High School & South Shore Middle School who were on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond for the day. The kids were here as part of their involvement in Microsoft’s TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools)…


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…


Sunday Reading: STEMtember wraps up, on with learning!

As October begins, #STEMtember, our month long focus on promoting the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has wrapped up. We had a busy month of STEM education announcements and events across Microsoft and hopefully we managed to encourage some students, parents, and teachers to consider the importance of STEM education both…


Heroes of #STEMtember: Engineering the power to fly high

If you have ever had a conversation with a child about how planes fly, why birds fly or why humans don’t fly, your answer has probably been something less than scientific – and completely age appropriate for the little person asking the question. However, if that child asked that question of Boeing test pilot Vince…


Heroes of STEMtember: A teacher of teachers creates innovative math curriculum using tech

How do we address stale curriculum and make teaching exciting? Specifically, how do we change plans in STEM subjects that can often lack the excitement needed to encourage students to study further. Perhaps we need something to help our teachers reach new heights; maybe we need innovative and robust methods of teaching that incorporate technology…