It is a common concern the world over: how to deliver an education to children that will provide for them into the far future. This has especially been the case since the invention of the internet, technology has advanced to a significant degree and yet schools have not adapted fast enough. As such, the case for delivering effective STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in particular has arguably never been stronger.
Aware of this, Microsoft have begun a new program, named ‘Microsoft Imagine’, aimed at providing children the world over with a one-stop-shop that teaches them the ABCs of coding. A part of Microsoft YouthSpark, the programme was announced at the start of Computer Science Education Week, which runs from December 8th to the 14th.
Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist said,
“Whether it’s a 10-year-old making her first game or a university senior building skills and projects for their first job application, aspiring developers can access age- and skill-appropriate courses, competitions and communities that can help turn their ideas into reality and support them on their educational journey”
The ability to code is rare among the youth of today, yet as computers become ever more powerful, present and complex the need to utilize them effectively is only becoming more pressing as the years pass by. Microsoft Imagine allows children to build their own games and apps, and caters for a wide variety of different skill levels and needs, from beginners to more advanced student coders. All presented in an easy to access format and a welcoming visual style, the site is free for all.
As Microsoft’s Jane Broom, community affair director states,
And while many people now know how to utilize technology, far too few have the skills needed to create technology. This is our industry’s opportunity divide. It is our responsibility to help close it ― especially for underrepresented populations
This is a welcome move from Redmond, hopefully as more organizations commit the resources to improve the futures of millions of children the world over, the future will become a little more welcoming for those destined to live in it.
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