REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15, 2016 /CNW/ — Microsoft Corp. and Code.org on Tuesday unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for college students and educators created for Hour of Code, an annual, world marketing campaign held throughout Pc Science Schooling Week, Dec. 5–11. The brand new web-based tutorial — obtainable without cost at http://code.org/minecraft — permits newbie coders to create and share their very own easy “Minecraft” sport, and is designed to empower anybody to start studying the problem-solving and demanding pondering expertise required in as we speak’s tech-fueled world.
Created by “Minecraft” sport designers at Mojang and Microsoft, in partnership with Code.org, the enjoyable and easy-to-learn one-hour expertise builds on the success of final 12 months’s record-breaking “Minecraft” tutorial, which reached greater than 30 million college students worldwide. With the objective of inspiring thousands and thousands extra to strive coding for the primary time — and to maintain occurring their journey of studying laptop science — as of as we speak’s launch, the tutorial is obtainable in 10 languages, together with Spanish. It’s scheduled to be obtainable in 50 languages by Dec. 5.
With the immense reputation of “Minecraft” around the globe, Microsoft and Code.org consider the tutorial has the potential to succeed in individuals of all ages and likeness. Girls and women already compose practically half of the sport’s world fan base. The tutorial additionally underscores Microsoft’s dedication to making sure all younger individuals have the chance to be taught laptop science, an financial and social crucial on this period of digital transformation, which is predicted to generate 1.4 million computing jobs within the U.S. alone by 2020 in accordance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Within the U.S., 40 p.c of faculties don’t educate laptop science, and Microsoft goals to succeed in college students almost certainly to be amongst these with out entry, notably women and minorities.
“We’re partnering with Code.org once more this 12 months to make laptop science extra accessible to thousands and thousands of youth around the globe with ‘Minecraft’ and Hour of Code,” mentioned Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “I’m impressed by the ‘Minecraft’ technology who view themselves not as gamers of a sport, however as creators of the brand new worlds they dream up. That is the technology that can think about, construct and create our future, and collectively we are able to equip them with the computational pondering and problem-solving expertise to grab the alternatives forward.”
Designed for ages 6 and up, the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer teaches college students to create their very own “Minecraft” expertise the place they will program the principles. They will make chickens that drop gold, or zombies that run away as an alternative of attacking. Alongside the way in which, college students use Code.org’s acquainted drag-and-drop coding interface to be taught laptop science ideas corresponding to object-oriented programming, occasion handlers and repeat loops. Gamers face a sequence of 12 challenges, culminating in creating their very own easy sport, which they will share with pals.
“The 2016 Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial builds on the success of the unique in a good way,” mentioned Mike Harvey, expertise trainer from Falmouth, Maine. “By programming acquainted sport occasions themselves, learners will be capable to expertise laptop science in a approach that’s genuine in addition to enjoyable. The open-ended challenges assist to point out that our favourite video games (like ‘Minecraft’) are finally created with code.”
“Code.org was based with the imaginative and prescient that each scholar in each college ought to have the chance to be taught laptop science — not solely as a result of it is foundational for any profession, however as a result of college students like it,” mentioned Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO, Code.org. “‘Minecraft’ is a particular sport that appeals to a various world group. We’re delighted to have the prospect to show college students coding with the enjoyable familiarity of ‘Minecraft,’ to interact college students of all backgrounds and ability ranges.”
In help of Code.org and the worldwide Hour of Code marketing campaign, Microsoft may also lead hundreds of youth coding occasions in additional than 60 international locations. Throughout Pc Science Schooling Week, this contains lots of of free workshops hosted by Microsoft Shops throughout the globe. College students can reserve a spot in a retailer workshop by visiting microsoft.com/youthsparkprograms and in addition go to their native Microsoft Retailer to be taught extra.
Along with the most recent tutorial and coding occasions, Microsoft has additionally been receiving rave critiques from educators on the newly launched “Minecraft: Schooling Version” title, a completely featured title that brings the magic of “Minecraft” to the classroom for extra immersive, long- time period lesson plans.
Code.org® is a 501c3 public non-profit devoted to increasing participation in laptop science and growing participation by ladies and underrepresented college students of shade. Its imaginative and prescient is that each scholar in each college ought to have the chance to be taught laptop programming. Code.org is the organizer of the annual Hour of Code marketing campaign, which has engaged 10% of all Okay-12 college students on the planet, and the main supplier of curriculum for Okay-12 laptop science in all the largest college districts in the US. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from firms, foundations, and beneficiant people, together with Microsoft, Fb, the Infosys Basis, Google, Omidyar Community, Ballmer Household Giving, and others.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the main platform and productiveness firm for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower each individual and each group on the planet to attain extra.
For extra details about Code.org, go to https://www.Code.org.
For extra details about Minecraft’s use in schooling, go to http://education.minecraft.net.
For extra details about Microsoft’s dedication to making sure entry to laptop science schooling for all youth, go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/youthspark.
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