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YouthSpark Hub

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Microsoft's youth programs offer vast tech opportunities.

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YouthSpark Hub gathers up Microsoft's extensive educational and social programs and puts them all in one place, where motivated kids, parents, and teachers can access them easily. Although the interface could be more streamlined (all the overlapping layers can be a bit bothersome), there's a straightforward and nearly complete list of the widely diverse offerings, including school-based digital literacy, Microsoft store mini-camps, research blogs, online classes, mentorships, competitions, free software downloads, certification resources, and video instruction. Whew! There are lots of points of entry depending on what your kids are looking for; they can search by age, personal goals (learn to code, run a business), activities (win prizes, get inspired), skills, or job titles. Although non-tech jobs such as doctor, fashion designer, teacher, and environmentalist are included, kids interested in becoming software engineers, game developers, entrepreneurs, or even nonprofit founders are more likely to find what they need here.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Science : engineering, Social Studies : citizenship, cultural understanding, global awareness
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, thinking critically, Creativity : combining knowledge, innovation, making new creations, Self-Direction : achieving goals, initiative, set objectives, work to achieve goals, Collaboration : group projects, meeting challenges together, teamwork, Tech Skills : digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
  • Last updated: February 10, 2020

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