A computer-coding organisation recently launched a Star Wars-themed “Hour of Code” tutorial, and now it is geeking it up a notch: a brand-new program is based in the world of world-building game Minecraft.
The tutorial is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and Code.org, a site that seeks to make coding more accessible. Code.org wants to expand access to computer science for everyone, and has an emphasis on upping levels of participation for “women and underrepresented students of colour”.
To this end, the charity has launched a variety of initiatives, from prepping new teachers for schools to offering online classes. Their Hour of Code tutorials have been tried by 137,928,359 people, including President Obama. And their latest Hour of Code looks wonderfully familiar.
Microsoft now owns Mojang, the Swedish studio that created Minecraft, and it has announced it will lead “thousands of Hour of Code” events in its stores and offices around the world. Computer Science Education week is December 7−13, and is sure to be a bustle of Minecrafting activity at your local Microsoft outlet. It may be time to visit, if you can build a path there. [Minecraft Tutorial via Code.org]
Top image via Microsoft.