Microsoft is holding its 27th annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day.  During this event, scores of local high school students will visit Microsoft’s Charlotte Campus to learn about the latest education technology and network with role models from all levels of Microsoft.

The event provides students who are underrepresented in the information technology industry with information about the tools, resources and career opportunities available to them in information technology. Even more important, the event aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals by connecting them to mentors, and sparking an early interest in pursuing technology careers at Microsoft.

Throughout the day, Microsoft employees guide students through hands-on technology labs on tools ranging from OneNote to Micro:bit, as well as information sessions on everything from personal brand-building to coding. Employees will speak with students about the wide variety of career opportunities available to them in technology.

A field trip has been approved to attend the Microsoft Minority Student Day at the Microsoft Charlotte Campus ( 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte NC 28273) on Friday, March 23rd from 8:30 AM – 1:45 PM.


Students should meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the field trip: 

  • Must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior (Priority will be given to upperclassmen)

  • Must have an interest in learning more about tools, resources and career opportunities available to them in information technology

  • Hold a minimum unweighted 2.0 GPA

  • Must have no disciplinary infractions for the 2017-2018 academic year

  • Good attendance (No attendance concerns)

  • Receive Teacher Approval to attend the field trip

  • Be one of the first 25 qualified students to submit the online application, field trip permission form, and teacher approval form 

  • Must have at least a 'C' in all current courses

Program Costs

  • Transportation costs will be covered my Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

  • Lunch will be provided for free by Microsoft at their campus


This year each student is invited to participate in the video/essay contest. Winning submissions will be recognized at Minority Student Day and will win prizes.


Topic: How has technology impacted your education and how do you see technology impacting students in the next 50 years?



·        Essays must be original and individual content.  Information cannot be copied or plagiarized from public websites or fellow students. 

·        Video can be submitted by an individual or group of 3-5 students.  Information cannot be copied or plagiarized from public websites or fellow students. 

·        Essays/videos must contain information that answers the full topic 

·        Essays must contain correct spelling, grammar and punctuation 

·        Essays must be 2 pages typed and double spaced on 8 ½ by 11 white paper. 

·        Essays/videos must include a title page with the student’s name, the counselor’s name and email address, and school name. 

·        Essays/videos must be reviewed by the school counselors. (Not applicable for college students)  

·        Essays/videos must be creative

*All essays and videos will be submitted digitally.  Ask Mr. Knoblich for additional details.


Application Deadline:  Friday, March 2, 2018  

Step 1: Review Field Trip Program Overview & Eligibility & Costs section of this webpage. 

Step 2: Complete the Online Application

Step 3: Submit field trip Permission Forms (Teacher & Parent) to Mr. Knoblich in Student Services. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.

Accepted Students will be notified via e-mail and Remind by Wednesday, March 7, 2018.