Microsoft and Code.org bring coding through Minecraft, an all-time favorite game for children and not only. Announced on Monday, the new partnership just brought Minecraft to a whole new level.
The tutorial stemming from this partnership aims to offer children aged 6 and above a glimpse in the fascinating and complex world of coding. And just in time for December’s Hour of Code event, now at its third edition.
Children need these skills in an increasingly technological and interconnected world. And what better way to involve them in a creative, fun and interactive manner of learning about code if not through their favorite games. Minecraft becomes a tool for understanding the basic concepts behind computer programming.
Microsoft and Code.org bring coding through Minecraft, with the tutorial interactively guiding the little ones’ steps through the basics of computer programming. This time, instead of smashing one’s way through the 2D Minecraft landscape, the children will have to build a string a commands that indicate the course of action. Code-snippets such as destroy block, turn right and others feature in a side panel where children must build their string.
As Hour of Code kicks off on December 7th, Microsoft and Code.org’s coding tutorial for Minecraft is bound to be a hit. It has been in fact a special request. Ever since Microsoft acquired Mojang in 2014 for 2.5 billion dollars, Minecraft has seen an uprise in preferences of children and adults as well.
The coding tutorial is uploaded and can be tried for free. Children and students will be walked through 14 levels of coding while playing the game. Hadi Partovi, the co-founder of Code.org explained that even for programmers, tutorials such as this one are the buildingblocks of their more ellaborate strings.
“The stereotypes you hear in pop culture make peope thinkg this is just for one group. We want to break those steretypes, demystify the field and break the barrier of intimidation and show this is fun”.
During the first two editions of Hour of Code over 100 million participants have gathered to learn the basics of computer programming.
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