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  • Blog Post: By Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education: Microsoft Imagine Cup: Innovative Students Making a Difference in Education

    Post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education There are few things that inspire me more than witnessing energetic, innovative, enthusiastic students in action, which is why I look forward to this week every year: the Microsoft Imagine Cup . In its 12 th year, the Microsoft Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Education, Microsoft: Microsoft at ISTE: Reflecting on the Power of the Teacher

    ​In this second decade of the 21 st century, the power of technology to connect, collaborate, and create is undeniable. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this weekend. In this era of anytime, anywhere access, the power...
  • Blog Post: Join us at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 conference in Atlanta, Georgia starting on June 28th!

    International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is just a few weeks away! As a Tier 1 sponsor, we invite you to join us as we share Microsoft solutions to empower students and educators to learn, create and do more! Mark your calendars! Must attend sessions include: ...
  • Blog Post: Can you spell sdrucciola or augenphilologie? Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar can and that skill earned them the shared win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    By guest blogger Lydia Smyers, Senior Director of US Education Last night we watched as the Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champions spelled their way to the win! Congratulations to Sriram Hathwar from Painted Post, New York and Ansun Sunjoe, of Fort Worth, Texas, on persevering to the end. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Buzz from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    By guest blogger, Yan Zhong, Skype Program Manager at Microsoft This week marks the 87 th annual Scripps Spelling Bee, and I get a bit nostalgic as I think back to my own memories of "Bee Week". I'm a former Bee contestant, having competed in the National Spelling Bee in 1998 and 1999...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Opens with Larger Prizes

    Last week Microsoft announced the opening of the 2013 Imagine Cup . This year there are thee competition and three challenges for students to enter. The prizes are larger as well with a top prize for each of the three competition being $50,000 (USD) and each of the challenges having a top prize of $10...
  • Blog Post: Robotics @ Home Competition

    The Micro soft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta . There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more...
  • Blog Post: Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…

    Interesting new student competition from Time Warner Cable (TWC). As part of Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), the company’s five-year, $100 million commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, TWC has launched Wouldn’t It Be Cool If …. This new STEM ideation...
  • Blog Post: Next Round Of Imagine Cup Deadlines Coming Up

    The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows Metro Style...
  • Blog Post: 2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

    The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award . You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We had more...
  • Blog Post: ACSL International Contest About to Begin

    Interested in programming competitions for your students but travel is not in the budget? You may want to look into the ACSL contests. This announcement came via by the CSTA member listserv. The American Computer Science League opens registration for this year's contest September 1st. ACSL is An international...
  • Blog Post: The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back

    The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back and you could win big! Play Rock, Paper, Scissors in the cloud for your chance to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it...
  • Blog Post: Why Universities Should Host High School Programming Contests

    I finished up last week with a trip to Western New England University where they were running a high school programming contest. I love these events because I think they have real value for the students and the teachers who bring them. For the students the values start with seeing that they are not alone...
  • Blog Post: Big App On Campus

    Microsoft announced a Windows Phone development contest for college/university students in the US (sorry about both the US only and the 18+ only – I’m just the messenger)  The full details with contest rules and other stuff may be found at  Do You Have What it Takes to be the Big App on Campus...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

    Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink ( http://bit.ly/Bliink ) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association...
  • Blog Post: NFTE World Series of Innovation

    Innovation! What is is and how can we teach it to children? Big questions today as many of us believe that innovation in many forms is absolutely critical to success in these “interesting” times. Anyone who has spent any time with children (of any age) knows that they are creative and out of the box...
  • Blog Post: Be The Robot

    One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection...
  • Blog Post: What is an app?

    In the Mobile Game Design and Mobile App Design categories of the NFTE World Series of Innovation students are asked to design an app or a game for a mobile device such as an Windows Phone. But what do an “app” mean in that context?  The meaning of words changes over time. I hear that the word ...
  • Blog Post: dream.build.play reminder

    The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the playing field now includes...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012–Changing The World For The Better

    Solving the world’s great problems! Changing the world for the better. Giving students projects that not only allow them to show what they know but do something good for the world. All of these are part and parcel of the Imagine Cup. The US Imagine Cup website is updated and ready for the 2012 season...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge TweetChat

    The National STEM Video Game challenge kicked off a couple of months ago but it starting to come down to the wire. IF you missed the spring deadline for the Imagine Cup you can still enter this event though. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign , President Obama’s initiative to promote...