November 1, 2018 | Hour of Code
More than 50 percent of jobs require technology skills, and in less than a decade that number will grow to 77 percent of jobs.1 Just 40% of schools have classes that teach programming and if you are a girl, black or Hispanic, or live in a rural community you are even less likely to have access.2
Minecraft and Microsoft are committed to helping close the STEM gap and expanding opportunities for students to learn computer science. For the fourth year, we are partnering with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global movement demystifying computer science and making coding more accessible through one-hour tutorials and events. Hour of Code helps students get ‘Future Ready’ by connecting them with STEM learning experiences and career opportunities.
Today, we launched a new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, the Voyage Aquatic, which takes learners on an aquatic adventure to find treasure and solve puzzles with coding. Voyage Aquatic encourages students to think creatively, try different coding solutions and apply what they learn in mysterious Minecraft worlds.
Since 2015, learners around the world have completed nearly 100 million Minecraft Hour of Code sessions. The tutorials offer more than 50 puzzles, as well as professional development, facilitator guides and online training to help educators get started teaching computer science.
Minecraft teamed up with four YouTube creators – AmyLee33, Netty Plays, iBallisticSquid and Tomohawk, with a cumulative following of more than five million – for this year’s Minecraft Hour of Code. These creative YouTubers guide participants along their journey through caves, ruins and underwater reefs to solve puzzles and learn coding concepts.
Voyage Aquatic presents 12 unique challenges, focusing on how to use loops and conditionals, two fundamental concepts in computer science. The tutorial also includes a ‘free play’ level for participants to apply what they learn in the prior puzzles and use coding to build imaginative underwater creations.
People of all ages and experience levels can use the Minecraft world to learn the basics of coding. The tutorial is free, open to anyone and available for any device. If your language is not available, you can help contribute to translation here.
Anyone can host an Hour of Code. Download a free facilitator’s guide to lead your own Minecraft Hour of Code at your school, library, museum, learning center or even at home.
Learn how to effectively facilitate an Hour of Code with this new Microsoft Education course for educators. Learn about the benefits of Hour of Code for your students, and where to find resources to lead an Hour of Code.
Let us know about your experience by posting on Facebook or Twitter and make sure to mention #HourofCode. Tag us @playcraftlearn!
You can continue your coding journey in Minecraft: Education Edition (or Minecraft on Windows 10) using Code Builder, a special feature that allows you to code in Minecraft.
1 The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum, January 2016.
2 Pioneering Results in the Blueprint of U.S. K-12 Computer Science Education, Google Gallup poll, 2016.
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