Minecraft is supporting the Hour of Code to enable educators and mentors with an easy, fun, and accessible way to introduce basic coding concepts using the popular video game students already know and love. We have joined forces with Code.org to create Minecraft Hour of Code tutorials to help students learn introductory computer science concepts for the past four years, and look forward to hearing about your Hour of Code experience and creations.
In 2020, the Hour of Code tutorial is again available inside Minecraft: Education Edition and free to play without a license or Office 365 Education account. This year's lesson is A Minecraft Tale of Two Villages. For centuries, the Villagers and Illagers shared the same space but seldom interacted with each other. Now you can use the power of code to bring the two villages together. Players will experience empathy and compassion for their neighbors, learn cooperation and inclusion, and embrace the diversity that makes us all uniquely special.
This year’s lesson is offered in both Blocks and Python.
In 2019, the Hour of Code tutorial was created as a lesson available inside Minecraft: Education Edition. This demo lesson was made available to all users, even those who don't currently have a valid Office 365 Education account. In this years lesson users learn about wildfires and how we can use AI to prevent them.
In 2018 we launched the Voyage Aquatic, a new Minecraft Hour of Code that takes learners on an aquatic adventure to find treasure and solve puzzle with code. Discover dolphins, plunder prismarine and build a conduit while learning about loops and conditionals. Partnering with Code.org for a fourth straight year, Minecraft Hour of Code has reached nearly 100 million sessions.
In 2017 we joined Computer Science Education week each year for a fresh Minecraft lesson! We introduced the Agent from our popular Code Connection application, and focused on:
- Exploration through free play
- A Diamond Path for additional coding challenges
- Exporting to Minecraft: Education Edition to continue the learning and fun. Please view those instructions here.
In 2016, students were provided the opportunity to be a “Minecraft Designer” and program entities to learn the following topics:
- Forever Loops
- When statements
During our first year, the student controlled either Alex or Steve in a series of puzzles in “Minecraft Adventurer”, introducing the concepts of:
- If Statements