News Code.org Event Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Coding Skills

Code.org Event Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Coding Skills

Code.org has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to bring Minecraft-themed programming tutorials to the third annual Hour of Code event. Microsoft, which has donated more than $3 million to Code.org, is allowing the organization to use the Minecraft name for free and its developers helped create the tutorial. It includes 14 different challenges and culminates in a “free play” environment.

Code-org co-founder Hadi Partovi said Minecraft is the most frequent request from Code.org students. “Kids write thank-you cards after doing tutorials in classrooms and they say, ‘Please do ‘Minecraft,’ ” he said.

The third annual Hour of Code begins December 7, and more than 100,000 teachers have already signed up to be involved.

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