Are you familiar with Minecraft? That blocky-thingy that makes gamers – young and old – spend countless hours to build a world that is only limited to their creativity. If you – or your kids/nieces/nephews – are playing Minecraft like me, I have some great news for you.
Let’s take your structure-building and ghast-slaying activities to a whole new level. Learn basic coding skills that actually required to create Minecraft or any other games, apps and so on.
That’s right, Microsoft, the now-owner of Minecraft, partners with Hours of Code, a computer science global campaign that’s celebrated annually (this year, on December 7-13, 2015.), to create an interesting way for everyone above 6 y.o. to learn computer science using visual objects – starring Steve and Alex.
Using Blockly, a block of code that can be executed just by clicking-and-dropping it, you can control Steve or Alex to do something on a Minecraft world. To explain it better, let’s hear what Jens, Minecraft’s Lead Developer, has got to say about Minecraft Hour of Code:
Combining popular games and gaming characters with the simplicity in learning computer science skills is just a great idea. What do you think?
So, are you ready to learn by playing Minecraft? Go here: https://code.org/mc