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It’s Computer Science Education Week! 🥳

Everybody’s learning to code, getting creative, solving problems, and discovering what’s possible in the digital world. But coding is only one part of the equation. We know educators are also looking for ways to empower young people with the skills to be safe and responsible in the next generation of the digital age. That’s a big part of our mission, so we’ve embedded real-world learning on AI, cyber safety, and more into our computer science content.

To help you immerse young people in computer science this week and beyond, we’ll share how you can get started with the new Minecraft Hour of Code to help learners understand AI and the basics of programming. Then we’ll explore the next steps you and your students can take along your computer science learning journey.

Now let’s explore ways you can join digital adventurers worldwide!

Minecraft Hour of Code: Generation AI

The new Minecraft Hour of Code: Generation AI brings responsible AI principles to life.

Students venture through time to create helpful AI-powered inventions. As they engage their problem-solving, creativity, and computational thinking skills, they’ll consider what it means to work with AI ethically and responsibly.

With coding in MakeCode blocks or Python, Minecraft Hour of Code invites anyone to learn the basics of coding and explores ways to build better AI tools for everyone. This lesson also helps learners see how responsible AI principles apply more broadly to coding and computer science.

Learn more about this year’s Minecraft Hour of Code: Generation AI.

A progression through computer science learning with Minecraft

Once your learners have taken their first foray into an Hour of code, level up with our Minecraft Computer Science Progression. This curriculum empowers K–12 students to code with purpose in preparation for future jobs and real-world problem solving, inspires a passion for STEM, and supports educators with professional development.

Chart outlining the Minecraft Education Computer Science Curriculum progression

Start with an online training, then dive into more than 200 hours of learning content aligned with CSTA and ISTE standards. We designed this progression to support K–12 students of all ages and levels of computer science proficiency, so learners can code using blocks or Python and build up from one to the next.

Download the curriculum guide to see how this content aligns with computer science education standards and chart a path for your students. If you’re starting out, try these 3 easy lessons:

Keeping students safe and secure with cyber training

We’ve also extended our commitment to empowering confident digital citizens into the realm of online safety and career preparation. We launched the cyber curriculum progression to support educators teaching online safety, digital citizenship, and cybersecurity.

The Minecraft Education Cyber and Digital Safety collection provides three levels of classroom-ready curriculum for K–12 students: Cyber Safe for ages 7–10, Cyber Fundamentals for ages 10–14, and Cyber Expert for ages 13–18. Your most advanced students might even take a crack at our professional-level learning for adults: Cyber Defender.

Infographic outlining the Minecraft Education cyber safety progression

You’ll find all these learning paths and support materials for educators in the Cyber and Digital Safety collection. If you’re starting out, try these 3 easy lessons:

Keep rolling down the coding road

Minecraft Education has all kinds of experiences geared toward building up students’ computer science skills and preparing them for the digital future — and there’s more on its way! Over the coming months, you can expect to see new cyber content focused on gaming safety, opportunities to experiment with game design, and more lessons that delve into the exciting world of advanced AI.

Computer Science Education Week is the perfect time to start! If you’re new to teaching computer science, we recommend beginning with our learning module for educators, Introduce coding in Minecraft Education. You’ll also find guidance in the Minecraft Education Computer Science, Cyber, and AI Curriculum Guide.

Then just pick your pathway: Run an Hour of Code, start the Computer Science progression, or help your students stay secure with our cyber curriculum. There’s even more great content on our resources page for computer science.

Get started today and inspire a passion for creative coding and digital citizenship!