We think it’s so cool that kids today get to do something really fun – like play computer games – and learn something important – like coding – while doing it!
Having recently brought Star Wars into its fold, the amazing folks at Code.org have just announced a partnership with Microsoft to leverage the massively popular game, Minecraft, for its annual Hour of Code event.
Held in December every year, the Hour Of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The event now reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries; and there are one-hour tutorials available in over 40 languages.
The Minecraft tutorial, which is available now for free, walks students through 14 levels. The tutorial is designed for users as young as 6 years old – but we know you adults will probably be sneaking time in the office to check it out too! It looks and feels like the Minecraft game but you have to use basic computer science principles to play. Students click and drag blocks to form a string of commands. They click “run” and their character carries out the actions. In the process, players generate computer code.
The tutorial can be played on smartphones and shared with friends and family. Checked it out now over here.
All this “learning while playing” stuff isn’t new – considering how Microsoft sneakily taught users how to use the mouse through its four iconic Windows games – Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts and Freecell.