While large STEM corporations and smaller, scrappy startups differ in how they operate, one thing they both have in common is a desire to invest in the community to foster the next generation of innovation.
This week, Microsoft announced how it’s doing its part with the launch of its #CodeGeneration movement to inspire youth between 13-18 to learn more about coding.
Microsoft will issue weekly online challenges to teach the basics of coding until Computer Science Education Week, running from December 7 to 13. Students that complete the weekly challenges earn points towards prizes while learning the basics of coding.
The site also includes resources for parents and teachers; teachers can download free lesson plans, videos and apps that help them integrate computer science into the classroom, while parents can find fun ways to introduce their children to coding.
At the same time, Microsoft is hosting free Hour of Code sessions in its stores across Canada during Computer Science Education Week.