Microsoft to teach coding, data science based on Netflix series, Over the Moon

On Jun 30, 2020, Microsoft has launched the Global Skills Initiative targeted to help 25 million people globally in acquiring new digital skills. The initiative has around 10 million peoples now.

This time Microsft has partnered with Netflix to help you explore space with some new learning experiences. Microsoft has launched three new Microsoft Learn modules that guide learners through beginning concepts in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Microsoft and Netflix partner to provide an interesting take on coding, data science.
Microsoft and Netflix partner to provide an interesting take on coding, data science

The learning path is inspired by the story of a young female hero, Fei Fei, who is passionate about science. She reaches the moon by using her creativity, knowledge, and imagination to reach the moon. Based on that, the learning path is also titled Explore Space with “Over the Moon” learning path. These modules will provide an adventurous experience of the following three parts:

  1. Pandas Library to plan a Moon Mission
  2. Python and VS Code to predict meteor showers
  3. Azure Custom Vision AI to recognize objects
Plan a Moon Mission using the Python Pandas Library
Predict Meteor Showers using Python and VC Code
Use AI to Recognize Objects in Images using Azure Custom Vision
Modules in “Explore Space path”

The goal is to provide the learners a walk away with the practical skills for the career of tomorrow by utilization of Visual Studio Code and Azure Cognitive Services.

“Netflix is excited to partner with Microsoft to bring some of the challenges of space travel that Fei Fei overcame in ‘Over The Moon’ to life with real-world technical application in this new Microsoft Learn path.” – Magno Herran, head of UCAN Marketing Partnerships, Netflix.

Microsoft also tweeted about the movie and shared about creating characters with Glen Keane:

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The movie’s story depicts Fei Fei tackling problems real-life space engineers face. With its unique cast, young female protagonist, and beautifully animated universe, the film successfully creates a buzz to STEM(science, technology, engineering, and math) that’s so necessary for inspiring and upskilling new learners.

These are the links to the courses. Just go and explore:

Explore space with Python and Visual Studio Code; inspired by Netflix’s Over the Moon

Plan a Moon mission by using Python pandas

Predict meteor showers by using Python and Visual Studio Code

Use AI to recognize objects in images by using the Custom Vision service

In the blog, Microsft has also shared the video of Cathy Ang (Fei Fei), about her new skilling experience:

Cathy Ang about her new experience

The company also stated, “We believe it’s imperative to help everyone who wants it to have access to learning technology that powers the digital economy. Those who create technology will shape our future, and there shouldn’t be barriers to learning the skills required to do so. We’re helping prepare today’s learners for jobs of tomorrow in multiple technical fields, from development to data science and machine learning, and more. Our goal is to ignite the passion to solve important problems relevant to their lives, families, and communities.

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