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All homeschoolers are welcome! Bring the whole family! 

How to register: login to the app, look over the scheduled talks and then choose "add to my sched" for the workshops you plan to attend. Registered attendees will have priority seating at workshops.

Workshops are being held at the Radisson Blu in the second floor ballrooms on Monday from 9:30-4:30. The Expo is in the Parkview Event Space off Nick Universe on the east side, just past the Hard Rock Cafe; it is open Monday 12-8 and Tuesday 9-3. The expo hall is where some group meet-ups and talks will be happening on Monday night after 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9-3. Various other events are happening at Mall of America stores; be sure to check the location when you sign up. 

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Monday, February 26
 

10:00am CST

STEM- Play and MakeCode for Minecraft
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event!
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032958862

Play and MakeCode with Minecraft 2 hour workshop ages 8-12
In this free two-hour coding workshop, students ages 8–12 will play in Minecraft while they learn how to code with Microsoft’s MakeCode platform. They will program an Agent robot to complete challenges and even change the weather, or as they say in the world of Minecraft: they will make it rain Ocelots and Wolves!
By the end of this Workshop, participants will have:
  • Increased confidence in their technical and coding skills
  • Improved their computational and creative thinking
  • Read and understand code in the MakeCode environment
  • Programmed code in Minecraft to change the weather and control an agent
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.


Monday February 26, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

12:00pm CST

Tea at the American Girl Store
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy a special dining experience with a variety of dainty tea sandwiches and assorted sweet treats. Your tea service also includes a pot of hot cocoa or tea.
Homeschoolers participating in this event will be seated in a private party room, and attendees will receive a craft (similar to an activity sheet) along with their meal. 
The complete menu is available here: http://www.americangirl.com/retail/includes/menus/minneapolis_tea.pdf
Cost is $13.50+ tax and tip per attendee. 
In order to attend, you must sign up here: http://www.homeschoolrecess.com/ft/25779

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
American Girl Store 5160 West Market, Bloomington MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters

The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

 


Monday February 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

2:00pm CST

Minecraft Hour of Code
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960684
Hour of Code Minecraft workshop ages 8+

Join us for this free workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own Minecraft world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.
By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
  • Create a list of coding instructions including loops and functions.
  • Instruct a computer to perform tasks in a sequence
  • Test and refine their coding instructions to complete a task
Register today as workshops fill up quickly.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.

Monday February 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

3:00pm CST

Minecraft Hour of Code
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960690
Hour of Code Minecraft workshop ages 8+

Join us for this free workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own Minecraft world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.
By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:
  • Create a list of coding instructions including loops and functions.
  • Instruct a computer to perform tasks in a sequence
  • Test and refine their coding instructions to complete a task
Register today as workshops fill up quickly.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Minecraft or coding is required.

Monday February 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

5:00pm CST

Minecraft Open Game Play
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event!
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960692
Open Xbox Gameplay!

Children under the age of 17 must be supervised.


Monday February 26, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Tuesday, February 27
 

10:00am CST

Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960698

Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint (Ages 8-12)

In this free hands-on 2 hour camp, students 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
· Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
· Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
· Create original artwork and share it with peers
· Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

12:00pm CST

Tea at the American Girl Store
Limited Capacity seats available

Enjoy a special dining experience with a variety of dainty tea sandwiches and assorted sweet treats. Your tea service also includes a pot of hot cocoa or tea.
Homeschoolers participating in this event will be seated in a private party room, and attendees will receive a goody bag along with their meal. 
The complete menu is available here: http://www.americangirl.com/retail/includes/menus/minneapolis_tea.pdf
Cost is $20.00+ tax and tip per attendee. 
In order to attend, you must sign up here: http://www.homeschoolrecess.com/ft/25779

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
American Girl Store 5160 West Market, Bloomington MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Shoot, Edit & Share with PicsArt
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960699

Increase your editing confidence and creativity with this free YouthSpark Camp. During this Workshop, kids 13 and older will learn how to use PicsArt, an interactive editing, drawing, and collage app. This app, which is available on Windows 10 devices, includes numerous photo-editing features, customizable filters, text options, a collage maker, and a camera. Learn how to transform photos into works of art with just the tip of your finger.​​
​​At the end of this Workshop, participants will:​​
· Know how to use a powerful photo-editing software​​
· Understand composition and best practices for photography​​
· Learn to sketch and turn anything into a drawing​​
· Create easy graphic design edits​​
· Create amazing photo edits​​
· Leave with a certificate of completion and an image portfolio​​

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

4:00pm CST

Productivity Hacks with Office 365 and Windows 10
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance private workshop
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960700

YouthSpark 2-hour Workshop: Productivity Hacks with Office 365 & Windows 10 ages 13+

This free 2 hour workshop helps students ages 13 plus become more efficient and effective with their school and personal projects and tasks. Participants will learn new tips and tools from key Office applications and Windows 10 tools, through a customizable workshop, where as a group they have an opportunity to choose what they learn.
During this workshop participants will:
  • Learn new productivity tips and tools with key Office applications and Windows 10 tools.
  • Experience hands on learning of each tip, so new skills can be applied immediately.
  • Learn and practice up to 9 new productivity tips.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every workshop participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425
 
Wednesday, February 28
 

10:00am CST

Creating Digital Art with Fresh Paint
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960701

In this free hands-on 2 hour camp, students 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.
At the end of the camp, participants will:
· Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
· Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
· Create original artwork and share it with peers
· Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Create Amazing Videos with Mixed Reality and 3D
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960746

YouthSpark 2hr Camp: 
Create amazing videos with mixed reality and 3D, ages 8-12
During this 2hr camp, students ages 8-12 can come and learn new ways to create video stories with Paint 3D and Photos, one of the newest Windows 10 creativity apps. Play with mixed reality by taking a picture of a 3D monster running after your friends and add it to your video.Or play with 3D effects like lightening and bubbles.
By the end of the camp, students will have created their own mini-movies with 3D models, Windows Ink, special effects, and a soundtrack.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Windows 10 is required.

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Wednesday February 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA
 
Thursday, March 1
 

10:00am CST

Create Cool 3D Art
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance private event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960802

Create cool 3D art ages 6+ 1 hour workshop

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Student ages 6+ will bring their imagination to life by creating cool holiday art with 3D in Windows 10. This free 1-hour workshop offers a high-energy, collaborative environment for participants to fuel their creativity and have fun this holiday season.
By the end of this workshop, participants will have:
  • Learnt how to use key tools from 3D for Windows 10 so they can continue to create 3D art projects at home or school.
  • Feel confident how to wow people by showing their holiday 3D art in View Mixed Reality.
  • Mastered how to access their 3D art project via Remix3D.com
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This workshop lasts one hour. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with the Creators Update is required.

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Creating Magical Moments with Photos
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance Private Event
You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032960746

YouthSpark 2hr Camp: 
Create amazing videos with mixed reality and 3D, ages 8-12
During this 2hr camp, students ages 8-12 can come and learn new ways to create video stories with Paint 3D and Photos, one of the newest Windows 10 creativity apps. Play with mixed reality by taking a picture of a 3D monster running after your friends and add it to your video.Or play with 3D effects like lightening and bubbles.
By the end of the camp, students will have created their own mini-movies with 3D models, Windows Ink, special effects, and a soundtrack.
Register today to reserve your seat at microsoft.com/youthsparkcamp
This camp lasts two hours. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every Camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. No experience with Windows 10 is required.

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Thursday March 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA
 
Friday, March 2
 

10:00am CST

Learn to Code with Jet Pack Jumper
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event!

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963578

Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

1:00pm CST

Create Wow Presentations and Projects with Sway
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event!

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963579

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425

2:00pm CST

Art of Animation - Draw Disney Characters
The Disney Store will be hosting "Art of Animation" events teaching guests how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters, as well as Disney trivia events where the audience participates in Disney trivia as a group.  The art of animation events are very educational, and, as we do these events almost daily throughout the calendar year, home school parents can continue to bring their kids to these events to learn how to draw more characters throughout the year!

No registration necessary! But, please, add it to your schedule here on sched to help MHA track convention attendees!

Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Disney Store MOA

3:00pm CST

STEM- Build a Seismograph and Simulate Earthquakes
Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance Private Event.

 You must register with the Microsoft store at this link to attend: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/mn/bloomington/mall-of-america/store-5#eventid=1032963580

Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Microsoft Store, MOA 162 South Ave. Bloomington, MN 55425