The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft

The Hour of Code site gets even better. No sooner have they announced a Star Wars module, they go even further and add Minecraft too! The Minecraft Hour of Code has been made in partnership with Microsoft and Mojang, and launches ahead of the Hour of Code event coming in a few weeks time.

Children can choose to play as either Steve or Alex and use blocks of code to take them on an adventure through a Minecraft world.

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The tutorial introduces learners to basic coding and guides them to mine, craft and explore in a 2-D “Minecraft” world. Players are offered a set of 14 challenges, including free play time, to explore coding concepts they’ve learned through the tutorial.

Using Minecraft to get kids interested in coding is a great idea, and this looks simpler than some of the coding mods I’ve seen for Minecraft proper. Would be a great introduction to coding in a world many children know very well indeed.

Hour of Code Minecraft

Also, in support of the global Hour of Code campaign, Microsoft will also lead thousands of Hour of Code events in more than 50 countries around the world.

In addition, Microsoft is gifting Windows Store credit to every educator who organizes an Hour of Code event worldwide. That’s an offer well worth checking out if you’re planning on running an Hour of Code event in your school.

Find out more at : https://code.org/mc

 

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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