Hour of Code – Minecraft Edition

MinecraftEarlier this week, Microsoft announced a Minecraft tutorial featured in this year’s Hour of Code.  Players will navigate, mine, craft, and explore in a 2D Minecraft world using a block-based visual programming editor.  In the tutorial, players are offered a set of 14 challenges, including free play time to explore coding concepts they’ve learned.  You can play it for free right now on any device.


So what is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks.  Players can create, explore, and share in an open world where the only limit is their imagination.  There are more than 100 million Minecraft players across PC, console, and mobile devices. Educators use Minecraft to engage students in all types of subjects, from math and computer science to history and language arts.  Minecraft players also demonstrate collaboration, problem solving, communication, digital citizenship, and much more when completing challenges in Minecraft.


What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is an annual, one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.  The campaign falls during Computer Science Education Week from December 7th through December 13th.


Where can I learn more?

Download Minecraft, try the Hour of Code tutorial, and visit education.minecraft.net for more information.