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Microsoft has created new assets and repurposed others to keep young people interested, engaged  and developing STEM skills during  challenging times.

Microsoft has created new assets and repurposed others to keep young people interested, engaged  and developing STEM skills during  challenging times.

Microsoft has created new assets and repurposed others to keep young people interested, engaged  and developing STEM skills during  challenging times.

Microsoft Ireland is rolling out thrice weekly online classes to allow students mix digital learning with fun during the schools' shutdown.

Participants will have opportunities to programme their very own piece of music, design their own retro game or be introduced to the world of coding through Minecraft.

The software giant is delivering to people's homes what is usually only available for limited numbers of students at a time at its DreamSpace education and innovation hub in Leopardstown, Dublin.

With the physical DreamSpace now closed, Microsoft has created new assets and repurposed others to keep young people interested, engaged and developing STEM skills during challenging times.

The at-home digital learning experience is aimed at 6-16 year-olds, but all students can get involved and parents and teachers are expected to join in the fun.

A different session will be hosted at 1pm on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, starting tomorrow, April 1.

Each session will contain a 30-minute tutorial followed by a home challenge and a live Q&A.

The sessions can be accessed free via Teams Live Event and, for those who cannot join, all webinars in the series will be available on demand.

The series aims to give participants the digital skills they need to engage with technology in new ways

The content shows technology in use in everyday life allowing children to see that whether they are interested in maths, architecture, music, sport or creative pursuits technology, there can be digital at the heart of it.

Microsoft will also make remote learning resources available for teachers, parents and students.

While many schools are providing work programmes, DreamSpace HomeSpace content will complement that.

To participate fully, students will need access to a device and ability to get online.

Full details are at aka.ms/DSHomeSpace. To access the remote learning resources, log on to aka.ms/RemoteLearnIRE.

Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Hallahan said the impact of Covid-19 was something that never have been imagined and was affecting every part of daily lives.

“For primary and secondary school children, going to school every day for social interaction and learning is a huge part of their lives. This opportunity has temporarily been taken away from them so we wanted to look at what we could do to help support the learning process while they stay at home.

“In creating three fun and interactive online sessions each week, we want to continue to engage primary and secondary school students in a virtual digital skills experience and ensure they stay connected through technology.

"In times like this, it is important that we continue to empower young people to be creative, to think critically and to see how technology can be used to tackle the many issues we’re facing as a society now and will continue to face into the future,"she said.


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