As a kid growing up in the 60's and 70's you didn't have a lot of choices of events to keep you entertained during the summer other than the usual trips to the pool, playing baseball or running around the neighborhood with your friends. You might have had a church camp, vacation bible school, or scout camp you could have attended. Now days it's different as there are more options to explore online.

One that caught my attention is a lineup of free online student workshops. According to Microsoft, "Engage and inspire students while building valuable knowledge and skills for the future."

Now this isn't some boring online game or program that will cause your youngster to ditch the online session for something more exciting. We're talking a multitude of topics and programs.

Microsoft lists the topic of choice to help find the right workshop for your student. They include the following:

  • STEM and Coding
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Virtual Travel
  • Museum Tours
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Flipgrid Events
  • Social Emotional Learning

Most programs run from one to one and a half hours. Microsoft says it's the antidote to summer boredom. Collect achievement badges while learning digital skills and exploring new concepts.

Starting with the programs on Wednesday, June 9, there is a listing of 241 sessions with the last ones ending on Friday, August 6.

How cool would it be for a 10 year-old to be involved with coding workshops involving characters from Space Jam: A New Legacy? According to Microsoft, kids can learn game design and block-based coding with help from Space Jam characters and gaming industry pros.

Many more opportunities are available. Go to for the details.

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