Microsoft and Code.org give Minecraft an ‘Hour of code’ special tutorial with the upcoming occasion of the third annual Hour of Code campaign. Microsoft has announced that it is teaming up with Code.org in order to put together a special tutorial on “Minecraft” coding which is meant to serve students and educators alike.
- Microsoft is teaming up with Code.org to create a coding tutorial based on the Minecraft game.
- The tutorial will be presented as part of the Hour of Code campain during the Computer Science Education Week that is set to take place this december.
- The project aims to encourage young Minecraft lovers to explore coding as part of their favourite game.
The tutorial is set to be released at the Hour of Coding campaign that will take place this year as part of the Computer Science Education Week in December. The tutorial was designed so that it could help forward the campaign’s mission of expanding global participation in computer science. It teaches players of the game to basic coding within the popular Minecraft environment and it was created by Minecrafter game designers working alongside Code.org.
So far it seems to be very appealing to fans of the fame as it features Steve and Alex from Minecraft as well as several challenges inspired from the game. It is a smart decision to base the tutorial on Minecraft in order to make it appealing to larger audiences, as the game has a loyal fan base and more than 100 million players around the world.
The tutorial is meant for anyone aged 6 or more and is meant to teach the game enthusiasts basic coding principles and skills as well as to encourage them to navigate and create within a 2D Minecraft environment by connecting blocks in order to complete actions and produce computer code.
Microsoft and Code.org teamed up with developers of the game realizing the potential to educate many of its young players by explaining computer coding by exemplifying it within the Minecraft universe the players already love and understand.
A spokesperson for Microsoft explained that encouraging youth to develop knowledge of computer code as well as problem-solving skills in an increasingly digital world was part of the company’s mission and that Microsoft’s intention of sparking creativity in the next generation of programmers and innovators was what prompted their decision to help create the tutorial.
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