YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages(even though website indicates all ages, I could see programs for Kids ages 8 and up) coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process. It’s all part of computer science.
Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, beginner-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals and how to build games in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and collaboration. The camp also lets them give and get constructive feedback with others, exercise their logic and critical thinking skills, and test games and resolve challenges with Kodu Game Lab features. Don’t miss this chance to learn and have fun.
This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. As a beginner-level camp, it is recommended for kids ages 8 to 11.
Learn to Code Flatverse
Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals, then get hands-on instruction on how to read and write basic code themselves. They’ll even learn how to publish their game, so others can play it on their computer or mobile device. Kids will love this opportunity to exercise their problem-solving and logic skills while having fun and making new friends.
This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This intermediate-level camp is recommended for kids ages 12 and older.
Start Your Own Business
Be inspired in this free, interactive camp that offers entrepreneurial kids the knowledge, tools and support to make their business idea a reality. Kids learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch. All campers will leave with a basic business plan and polished pitch, and the opportunity to present their idea to friends, family, and local entrepreneurs.
This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This camp is for kids age 13 and older and requires a Microsoft account.
Minecraft Hour of Code
Explore a Minecraft world through code in this free, 90-minute camp. Use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a Minecraft world.
You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. By attending this camp, kids are participating in the in the global Hour of Code movement intended to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
This beginner-level camp is recommended for kids ages 8 and older.
Extend your experience
YouthSpark Field Trips
Book a YouthSpark Field Trip at the Microsoft store where kids get hands-on as they learn to code and design games. Our all-new field trips use Microsoft technology such as TouchDevelop, Kodu, and Project Spark to get kids familiar with the coding environment while exploring and having fun. We offer a variety of field trips ranging from two-hour to half-day sessions designed for groups of all ages and skill levels. Contact your local Microsoft store, and ask for the Community Development Specialist to book your YouthSpark Field Trip today.
YouthSpark Camps include tutorials from Microsoft Imagine for programs like ProjectSpark, TouchDevelop and Kodu Game Lab! Whether you’re building a game, designing an app, or launching a project, Microsoft Imagine will help you develop your idea and boldly bring it to life. For free coding activities to extend your YouthSpark Camp experience, visit Microsoft Imagine.