Teach kids to code in under an hour with Microsoft & Minecraft

It is great to see that Microsoft has teamed up with Code.org to bring Minecraft to the Hour of Code!

The Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial aims to encourage millions of young people to try an hour of coding as part of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). The new tutorial – now available at code.org/mc – introduces players to basic coding within the fun and popular Minecraft environment. Created by Minecraft game designers together with Code.org, the tutorial features Steve and Alex from Minecraft, and Minecraft-inspired challenges that will be familiar to its more than 100 million players around the world. 

Why support it? One of the ways Microsoft brings forth its education mission of empowering every student on the planet to achieve more is by helping them develop essential skills, including computational thinking – so students and all young people can succeed today, and tomorrow. As technology has become an integral part of people’s daily lives around the world, we’re seeing a growing demand — from students, parents, teachers, governments, and nonprofits — to teach youth not only how to use technology, but also how to create technology to help them become the innovators and drivers of growth and opportunity in their communities. Learning computer science builds critical skills like computational thinking and problem solving that strengthen abilities in any industry and any sector. 

About Code.org: Launched in 2013, Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Microsoft continues to be Code.org’s most generous donor and one of the largest supporters of the worldwide movement to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science. 

Take action!  You can sign up to volunteer and support the Hour of Code, and be matched with a local school to host a session. Or connect with your Microsoft contact to pre-record an Hour of Code to share online on Channel 9 . In order to provide you with everything you need to lead your own Hour of Code with the Minecraft Tutorial, Microsoft has prepared an Hour of Code Microsoft Event Toolkit and Readiness Center. In it you will be able to download a facilitator guide, quick tip sheet, PowerPoint slides, and brief orientation video. You can also join a Preparation Webinar with live chat for questions and answers. Register and download your Toolkit today, and get ready to lead your own Hour of Code. 

Looking for more coding opportunities? Find more coding tools and resources for students, parents, and educators at microsoft.com/hourofcode.

My view? As someone who is involved in the CoderDojo in my local school where the kids work with Arduinos and Raspberry PIs, it is great to see Microsoft’s commitment to preparing & empowering the next generation through its Corporate Citizenship programme. I am also proud that the Corporate Citizenship program at my own employer, IBM, actively supports the Irish & international CoderDojo phenomenon, as do Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland.

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