Looking for something fun and educational, and oh by the way...free, to do with your kids this summer? Microsoft stores run YouthSpark Camps for kids 8 - 12 years old. The camps run two hours a day from Monday - Thursday.
Starting a Business Jr - Kids learn that they are never too young to have great ideas and start a business. Students come up with a business idea, build a business plan and present their plan at the end of the camp. They learn how to do market research, create an advertising plan, figure out costs and distribution methods, think about how to finance their business, and write a business plan. If you have a boy scout, this plan meets most of the requirements of the Entrepreneurship Merit Badge.
Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10 - Bring out your inner artist in this fun camp where students learn Paint 3D and create their own emojis, monsters, robots, and landscapes. Students have a chance to present their 3D designs to the other students in the class. (This was my son and his friend's favorite YouthSpark Camp!)
Kodu Makerspace - A great way for beginners to be introduced the concepts game design and coding utilizing the free Kodu Game Lab software.
My son attended all three of these camps and I would highly recommend if you live near a Microsoft store to take advantage of these opportunities.
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys who have benefited from some amazing STEM opportunities!