For many students around the world, coding gets a little help from Minecraft, and perhaps becomes a bit more entertaining. Due to an effort between Microsoft and Code.org, many will be getting a new way of learning how to code. It’s in their hopes that this campaign will help inspire some of the younger generation.
Hour of Code is a project launched by Microsoft and Code.org. Their aim is to encourage global participation and increase the enthusiasm of students toward computer science. This year’s will be the 3rd annual Hour of Code campaign, where both companies wish to bring “tens of millions” into 60 minutes of coding. But, since programming sometimes seems too dreary for children to try, they’re teaching it through a potentially fun way.
Within the last two years, Hour of Code saw to over 100 million children in 180 different countries participating, or 1 in 3 students within the United States. This year, perhaps their efforts will pay off even more through the addition of a popular game into their tutorials.
Using Minecraft to inspire
As they progress through the 14 challenges of the project, children from 6 years old and above will navigate, create, and explore a 2D version of the popular game. This is a way to keep basic coding fun and entertaining. It’s in the hopes of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, that it will “spark creativity” for the young generation. It will offer them an easier introduction into computer science.
And, perhaps, they might see it as an option for future careers. If not, at least it would provide with basic knowledge on an important factor in a forever evolving digital world. With the advancement of technology, some of the main functions might soon become necessary. Microsoft and Code.org hope to provide it through a game that both “girls and boys alike” enjoy in their spare time.
The program is part of this year’s Computer Science Education Week, which will take place from December 7th to December 13th. It’s an year round event, but with more emphasis during the Hour of Code campaign. That way, students will be taught how a game they love works, and perhaps it will serve as inspiration to create their own apps one day.
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