Learn more about the EduConnect team at Microsoft UK, and how you can take advantage of their work in the community.
You don't have to be actively involved in the education industry to see and feel and its impact and importance. As students you are still on your journey of learning and development, as employees you are putting those skills to use in the workplace, and as parents you are invested in your children's futures.
EduConnect is a cross-company initiative comprised of a team of Microsoft UK interns from all over the business, under the tutelage of Craig Parker, the Microsoft UK Education Partner Lead. Together, they share a collective desire to empower children to get into coding and STEM. One key focus of the EduConnect team is to train other Microsoft employees so that they can run sessions in their local schools that include coding activities, micro:bit projects and STEM initiatives. The team also visit schools themselves, running activities on-site, recently marked Ada Lovelace day by putting on events and activities throughout October, engaging over 300 children.
With the festive season very much upon us, on December 20th the EduConnect team will be hosting 'Imagine If' - an opportunity for Microsoft employees to bring their children into our UK Headquarters in Reading for a day of fun and coding activities, including sessions on Minecraft: Education Edition, code.org and more! Parents will be present throughout the session to experience the activities with the hope that they feel empowered to run similar sessions in their children’s schools. EduConnect will support Microsoft employees by providing further training and resources where needed.
In the words of the EduConnect Team:
"Digital skills are often out of reach for the young people who need them most. In a world being transformed by technology, all youth should have the opportunity to develop the creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills gained when learning STEM. One of our main aims as EduConnect is to demonstrate how easy it is to integrate coding and STEM into the classroom. STEM activities encourage students to explore, experiment and express ideas in ways that deepen their understanding and connection. We want to emphasize the importance of having STEM at the forefront of all students learning experiences."
Edu Week - March 2018
Next March the EduConnect team will be running 'Edu Week', a series of days at Microsoft UK HQ in Reading open to teachers, staff and students, with sessions and activities tailored to each audience. More details will be available in the New Year, including registration. In the meantime however, if you would like to contact EduConnect regarding resources or school visits, please don't hesitate to contact Jess Millson.