Virtual Enrichment Workshops

The Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Microsoft, has put together a comprehensive virtual learning environment for youth and adults. All workshops are free and begin in mid May and run through June. Workshop topics cover reading comprehension, game coding, virtual museum tours, business building, and professional development. 

ADULT CLASS - ROCK YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE
Thursday, May 21: 3:00pm – 5:00pm | 
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Join us for a free virtual two-hour workshop and discover how to rock your LinkedIn profile. Get a hands-on start developing a stellar profile and learn how to grow your professional LinkedIn skills. Build your online brand, engage with your network, and sharpen your resume. 

YOUTH CLASS - CREATING CONNECTIONS WITH DEAR EVAN HANSEN WORKSHOP - AGES 13+
Tuesday, May 26: 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Register

Microsoft Store and the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are partnering to provide a free, virtual one-hour workshop for students ages thirteen and older who want to authentically connect to themselves, friends, family, and their communities during this time of social distancing. Dear Evan Hansen has received critical acclaim and has inspired conversation about mental health and the perils of living in a society hyperconnected by social media, which can often feel lonely. Workshop participants will define what it means to make authentic connections and explore ways to create those connections. Students choose how they want to connect and will use Microsoft tools to research and create an actionable plan for reaching out.

YOUTH CLASS - THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY’S "HALL OF FOSSILS" TOUR - AGES 8+
Wednesday, May 27: 3:00pm – 4:30pm | Register

Travel millions of years to the past without leaving your home. In this workshop, students ages 8+ are transported to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History right from their web browser using 360-degree interactive imagery. By the end of the workshop students will have explored the Smithsonian’s famous "Hall of Fossils" in 360-degrees virtually , learned about natural history in the Jurassic age, and completed a fun virtual discovery hunt throughout the museum.

ADULT CLASS - KEY STEPS TO STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Thursday, May 28: 3:00pm – 5:00pm | 
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In this free virtual two-hour workshop, you will learn the basic steps and skills to start your own business. You will brainstorm potential business ideas, create an outline for your business plan, and consider how to market, manufacture, deliver, and finance your product or service. You will leave the workshop with a PowerPoint presentation that includes your business plan, a polished pitch for your business idea, and resources and defined goals to get you closer to launching your own business. 

YOUTH CLASS - START YOUR OWN BUSINESS - AGES 8+
Tuesday, June 2 & Wednesday, June 3rd: 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Register

In this virtual two-hour workshop series, students eight and older learn how to turn their passions into an entrepreneurial business idea. Students get guidance on how to create a business plan and a polished pitch ready to share with others. By the end of the two day workshop, students will have learned what makes a great product or service idea, completed a simple business plan, and learned key presentation skills to be able to pitch their business idea.

ADULT CLASS - GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH LINKEDIN PAGES
Thursday, June 4: 3:00pm – 5:00pm | 
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Take your place in the world’s professional community by building your own LinkedIn Page. Join us for this free two-hour virtual workshop where you will learn top tips and tricks to help you make the most of your company’s presence on LinkedIn by launching a LinkedIn Page. Understand how to know and grow your audience, highlight the best of your brand, and join the conversations that matter. This workshop is hands-on with plenty of time to build your Page, adopt best practices, and network with other local business owners through Microsoft Team.  

YOUTH CLASS - CODE YOUR OWN VIDEO GAME WITH MAKECODE ARCADE - AGES 8+
Tuesday, June 9 & Wednesday, June 10: 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Register

In this virtual two-hour workshop series, students eight and older use block-based coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts like sprites, variables, and coordinates, and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game. By the end of the two-day workshop, students will have learned and used key game design and coding concepts, coded a playable game, published their game via a URL so they can continue to play and develop it after the camp.

ADULT CLASS - MAKE YOUR BUSINESS MORE ACCESSIBLE
Thursday, June 11: 3:00pm – 5:00pm | 
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This virtual workshop shows you how no-cost tools in Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 can make your business more accessible, for both your employees and customers.  By the end of the workshop, you will have learned how to create an inclusive culture and hiring process, how to build accessible materials, and what ongoing accessibility resources and tools are available.  

YOUTH CLASS - HOUR OF CODE MINECRAFT: AI - AGES 8+
Tuesday, June 16: 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Register

In this free, one-hour virtual workshop, students eight and older will have fun learning and being inspired by Minecraft, computer science and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Using the power of code and AI, students will learn with the Minecraft 2019 Hour of Code lesson to program the Agent to prevent forest fires and regrow a forest. 

YOUTH CLASS - HOUR OF CODE MINECRAFT: VOYAGE AQUATIC - AGES 8+
Tuesday, June 23: 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Register

Join us for this free, one-hour virtual workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Using the power of code, students aged 8 and up will explore aquatic worlds and uncover hidden treasure with the 2018 Minecraft Voyage Aquatic tutorial.

VIRTUAL MINECRAFT BUILD CHALLENGE 
Tuesday, June 25: 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Register

Players will put their creativity, Minecraft knowledge and skills to the test in this fun virtual event. Attendees will be given topics along with instructive guidelines throughout to develop their own creative build in Minecraft. Also make sure you brush up on your Minecraft Trivia!