Microsoft partners with Code.org to launch Minecraft-themed computer coding tutorial

Microsoft partners with Code.org to launch Minecraft-themed computer coding tutorial

In a Monday announcement, software giant Microsoft said that it has launched a new Minecraft-themed computer coding tutorial in partnership with Seattle-based computer science education nonprofit Code.org.

The new computer coding tutorial launched by Microsoft and Code.org will enable children – as well as adults – to learn the basics of computer science in one hour, with the help of lessons themed on Swedish video game company Mojang’s hit game Minecraft.

Mojang was acquired by Microsoft last year, in a $2.5 billion deal. The launch of the Minecraft-themed coding tutorial underscores Microsoft’s evident efforts to use the popular game to make the more than 100 million gamers across the world interested in computer coding.

The tutorial – which has been designed for children aged 6 years and above - has been developed by actual Minecraft game designers, in conjunction with Code.org. The key objective behind the tutorial is to introduce gamers to basic coding skills, alongside their navigation, mining, and exploration of a 2-D Minecraft world.

To enable gamers to explore the concepts related to computer coding, the tutorial offers 14 Minecraft-themed challenges, including free play time.

About the Minecraft-themed computer coding tutorial, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: "A core part of our mission to empower every person on the planet is equipping youth with computational thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world."

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