Check out Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps for 2013

MSFT YouthSpark

Microsoft is offering classes for the younger generations to get started with technology. The YouthSpark Summer Camps will take place at Microsoft Stores in the US and will begin in June. If you head on over to the main hub, one can manipulate the calendar search on the store results page to view availability and more.

So what's on offer at these camps for kids? Those aged 8–13 will be able to dive into the following:

  • Digital Movie Madness
  • Storyteller Studio
  • Digital Art Smarts
  • Game masters
  • Game App

The camps are free so long as the parents and  / or guardians remain in-store throughout the duration of each class. For more information on the above and the program in general, be sure to head on over to Microsoft's website.

Source: Microsoft; thanks, Arun3, for the tip!



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My son is 13 and he published his 3rd app yesterday... Are these camps too basic?

killer rin says:

I have no clue, but usually these things are for meeting other like-minded individuals, It would be a great place for him to meet other developers that are his age. Besides, there is always the off chance that he may learn something.

How did you get your son involved? Recommend any starting books??

He always loved computers in general, he used to build Windows Forms apps (Very basic web browsers and such using IE engine) and play ROBLOX, a lego like game but where you can script the legos to do things. He is finally serious enough to start making some real money, I showed him WP8 and W8's SDK as I thought it would be easy for him as he already knew some VB and C#.

willied says:

That's awesome. I wish I knew how to make apps.

Andr3sfc says:

There's a book called "Hello World! - Computer Programming for Kids and other Beginners", by Warren Sande, published by Manning. Search for the PDF.

Yes they are. I was in a camp a few years ago and it is incredibly basic, at least game masters was.

CONKER1182 says:

Microsoft hasn't opened any Microsoft stores in Florida where I live. :'(

Danielrego says:

Not sure if you live in the Miami area, but they are opening a store in dadeland mall.

WPenvy says:

I was at the opening of the one in Orlando. The apple store was noticeably empty that day and the other few times I've been back there

CONKER1182 says:

I live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I hope they open a store at The Gardens mall. :)

That's very nice of them to do that

Mooncow27 says:

Now where did I park my time machine?

rodneyej says:

What?? Only 8 comments here? What about the kids people? The kids, the kids, tha kids????

rodneyej says:

I like to fill my shoes full of cheetos.. And, if you put soap in Kool-Aid it makes for some delicious bubbles!

fluidh2o says:

This should be fun for kids interested in technology

Chris Yahya says:

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Just create a new acc.

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Chris Yahya says:

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taudilee says:

I found events in my local store, but how do I register my kids, anyone knows? Thanks Li

WPenvy says:

Need to drag my little sis to this. Wish I started that young... I'd be so much further

My 10 year-old daughter has a real interest in this, but unfortunately there are no camps scheduled for the San Diego, CA store.  I'm not sure why.  I believe that San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California, so you would think that would justify offering this.

Miksup says:

This is good for the kids, meanwhile the parents are buying Microsoft products ;)

Tjalsma says:

Pretty sure I'll leave with a Surface if I bring my children to this. Sounds very fun but I will have to call as one of my boys is actually 7 - hopefully they'll allow him in.