We Connect The Dots - Discovery Day @ Microsoft

 

Join We Connect The Dots on one of the following dates, Monday May 13th or Monday June 3rd 2019 for a one-day FREE immersive learning experience at the Microsoft Office in Time Square, New York where we will explore STEAM education and careers, showcase new technologies for students and teachers, and introduce students to the vast and exciting environment of Microsoft and their community of professionals. This event is designed to provide students ages 13-18 years old  a valuable insight to the evolving world of 21st century workforce skills. Students will participate in exciting workshops designed by WCTD in partnership with Microsoft, hear important talks from real industry experts, and participate in some fun gameified learning experiences.

This program is by invitation only and a limited number of seats are available to schools in the NY metro area. To learn how your school can participate contact our Events Team at events@we-connect-the-dots.org. School officials that have received their invite and have a registration code may register their school below.  

The maximum number of students that a school can register is 20. 

Important INformation:

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Registration opens at 8:30 AM. All students must be in registered by 9:00 AM. The program will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM sharp. Please plan transportation arrangements accordingly. 

The day's events will include:

  • An introduction to software tools and resources for students and teachers

  • Talks from industry experts and the Microsoft Community Team

  • An introduction to our online community

  • A tour of the Microsoft office and a look at different careers held by Microsoft employees

  • Team building and collaboration activities

Once we receive your schools registration, which will include students email addresses, they will be invited into our Microsoft Teams platform. There will not be sufficient time to set up these accounts on the day of the event, and students will need the Teams Account to take part in the day's activities. Teachers should assist students in setting up these accounts and installing the Teams application on their smartphone. For instructions on setting up these accounts and installing the app, please refer to the following links:

In order to prepare for the program all students and teachers are required to watch this Teams overview video here:

Teams Video

This video is approximately 2 and a half minutes long. It can be assigned as homework with a follow up class discussion to ensure every student understands how to utilize this collaboration tool. Doing this will ensure every student has a great experience during Discovery Day and understands how to stay connect within the community post the program.

To ensure teachers, and chaperones for the program have a clear understanding of the day we will hold two conference calls. One member from each school participating is required to attend one of these calls.  We have setup two call times for each of the dates in may and June to help with scheduling and participation.

For those attending the May 13th event will be required to attend this mandatory call, details are below;

Wednesday May 1st

For conference call details visit the dates in our events calendar - Here

This call will delivered via Zoom, you can attend via your computer or dial in via phone

3:00- 4:00 PM EST

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

For those attending the June 3rd event will be required to attend this mandatory call, details are below;

Wednesday May 29th

For conference call details visit the dates in our events calendar - Here

This call will delivered via Zoom, you can attend via your computer or dial in via phone

3:00- 4:00 PM EST

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Transportation

Transportation to and from the event must be provided by the school. The Microsoft office is accessible by private and public transportation. There are garages nearby for those bringing private vehicles. Street parking is also available. Please observe all street and parking signs.

School Buses: School buses can access the building on 8th Ave. Buses should approach the building in the right-hand lane and drop kids off in front of the 8th Ave entrance just across from Port Authority. 

Subway: The Microsoft office is accessible by subway. From Penn Station take the A, C, or E line uptown to 42nd Street, Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Public Bus: The Microsoft office is located conveniently across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Exit the terminal at 8th Ave and cross the street to the Microsoft office.

What should students and CHAPERONS bring?

All attendees must pack a lunch, snack and beverage

Students should bring their smartphones to the event. They will be useful throughout the day's events. 

Students will not need to bring laptops or tablet devices. WCTD will provide Surface 3 devices for students to use during the event. 

All waivers and documents! Chaperons must present all documents at the security check-in before proceeding to the elevators. Those students who do not have their documents will be prohibited from the day's events. Waivers and registration documents will be provided in your confirmation email once you have registered your class.

IF you are a school and interested in participating please email events@we-connect-the-dots.org for a passcode to register

**Schools are responsible for supervising students at all times during the program **