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Future of Work Initiative Announces *two* New Programs For Louisville Educators

Future of Work Initiative powered by Microsoft and Louisville Metro Government announced today that they are offering two new programs to benefit educators and their students in Louisville: The Butterfly Project and MakeCode Arcade.


The Butterfly Project is a one-week immersive program for high school and college educators that will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11th to 15th. No prior experience in data analytics is necessary and all content areas are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily and a $1000 stipend will be provided for educators who successfully complete the training. During the program, participants will experience and learn:


  • How to incorporate data analytics into any content area

  • How to leverage the power of data to strengthen the efforts of local nonprofits addressing social challenges impacting jobs, justice, education, health and housing.

  • Data cleaning/wrangling

  • Data visualization


​Using Louisville/JCPS’s open access data sources, participants will work with community nonprofits to use data to support their efforts addressing systemic inequities that directly impact Louisville residents. Concurrently, participants will learn data analytics skills such as how to collect, interpret, and visualize data, as well as how to identify data gaps and how these gaps affect outcomes.


Day 1: Identity/community exploration

Day 2: Data and the power of the narrative

Day 3: Finding the data sets and understanding the context

Day 4: What’s the Story? Using data to pass the mic

Day 5: Putting it all together: Content and context


For more information and to register for The Butterfly Project, visit https://www.futurelou.com/butterflyproject



MakeCode Arcade is a program that teachers of 3rd to 7th graders share with their classrooms starting on May 16. During the program, students will enjoy a fun introduction to the basics of game design and block-based coding via MakeCode Arcade and code Quick-Start Games. Instructors can choose to live stream the program taught by experienced Microsoft personnel or share a recording of the sessions at your own pace and time.


The benefit of participating in a live streamed event is that teachers will be able to type questions in the Microsoft Live chat section and get an immediate response.


Teachers can register their class(es) to participate in one of Microsoft Live events at this link: https://makecodearcade.eventbrite.com

If you want your class to participate in a live event, you should select one of the following options:

  • Monday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Thursday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Alternatively, you may register to play a recording of the class by clicking on the same link. This would allow you to take the students through the program at their own pace. To register for this option, select any date listed and choose the ticket: “Recording Only”. A link to a recording of the May 16 class will be sent to you.


Instructions and materials for MakeCode Arcade are included. See the tech requirements at the registration link: https://makecodearcade.eventbrite.com



The Louisville Future of Work Initiative is a partnership between Microsoft and Louisville Metro Government focused on increasing economic opportunity and equity by enabling Louisville to become a regional hub and center for excellence in Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Data Science.



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