If your kids love Minecraft like mine do…then take note of Microsoft Hour of Code. Microsoft is hosting youth coding events across Canada during Computer Science Education Week in support of Hour of Code, a global initiative led by Code.org. These events (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) are free and super fun.
Microsoft Hour of Code
Microsoft has a mission to empower every person on the planet by opening the door to young people of all backgrounds to try out technology skills that are critical in this era of digital transformation.
What is Minecraft you ask?…
My definition of Minecraft: a world made up of blocks. No guns or fights or creepy walking dead (which is why I approve of this game). My son digs tunnels, builds houses, and explores landscapes when he plays Minecraft on my phone. He’s 5.
Older kids will know a deeper level of Minecraft.
About the Microsoft Hour of Code
Students participate in coding events. These students are given the chance to create and share their own simple Minecraft game with the new Minecraft tutorial, which is designed to teach problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that are essential in today’s tech-fueled world. Coding Camps take place across Canada at Microsoft Stores.
- Microsoft is working with non-profits, educators and governments to deliver the benefits of computer science education in schools, after school and at home to give all youth the opportunity to learn the skills they need to achieve more.
- Minecraft is an incredible tool for learning to code.
When I see my son play Minecraft I see him using decision-making and creative skills together. I can certainly forecast, in a few years, him wanting to participate in an hour of code event (not only for the fun factor but also computer and coding skills development).
And let’s remember – girls can code too! These Microsoft events are for everyone.