Microsoft, Code.org Team Up on Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial
Microsoft teams up with Code.org on a Minecraft tutorial for the Hour of Code to help youngsters further their interest in computer science.Microsoft, Mojang AB and Code.org today announced that a "Minecraft" coding tutorial for students and educators has been created for the third-annual Hour of Code, a campaign to broaden global participation in computer science, to be held during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7–13. The new tutorial, now available here, introduces players to basic coding within the fun and popular "Minecraft" environment. Created by "Minecraft" game designers, together with Code.org, the tutorial features Steve and Alex from "Minecraft" and "Minecraft"-inspired challenges that will be familiar to the game's more than 100 million players around the world, Code.org said. Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine, according to a description of the game on its Website. In September 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to buy Mojang and the ownership of the Minecraft intellectual property for $2.5 billion; the acquisition was completed in November 2014. "A core part of our mission to empower every person on the planet is equipping youth with computational thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world," Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said in a statement. "With 'Minecraft' and Code.org, we aim to spark creativity in the next generation of innovators in a way that is natural, collaborative and fun."
Designed for ages six and up, the Minecraft tutorial introduces players to basic coding skills, encouraging them to navigate, mine, craft and explore in a 2D "Minecraft" world by plugging together blocks to complete all actions and generate computer code. Players are offered a set of 14 challenges, including free play time, to explore coding concepts they've learned through the tutorial.