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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
 
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
 
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
 
Thursday, March 1
 

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