VIDEO: Inaugural Boys & Girls Club TechFest Brings Hundreds of Youth to Microsoft Campus

The day-long event featured workshops on digital arts, robotics and environmental sustainability, along with a chance to test out the latest Microsoft video games.

Part of Microsoft's was transformed into a digital playground Saturday, with nearly 400 kids from all over the state taking part in an inaugural Boys & Girls Club TechFest.

The event, which was open to Boys & Girls Club members in second through 12th grades, included a myriad of technology-focused kids' activities, including robotics, claymation and career workshops. Participants also got to try out some forthcoming releases for the Xbox and Kinect, including Kinect Sports 2 and Dance Central 2.

Todd Conley, a Microsoft employee who helped oversee the event, said approximately 100 Microsoft employees volunteered their time at TechFest, and the company donated $17 an hour to all of the Boys & Girls Club staff who participated.

Matt Watrous, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington, said the event is a way to help clubs learn about the latest educational technology while also exposing their kids to a style of learning they might not get at home.

The organization is looking at replicating the event in other major U.S. cities where Microsoft has a presence, Watrous said.

"If something like TechFest is successful in Redmond, it can be successful in other places," he said.

Check out the video to learn more about the event.


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