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Code.org Event Will Use Minecraft to Teach Kids Coding Skills

by Developer.com Staff

Past event participants had requested the Minecraft tie-in.

Code.org has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to bring Minecraft-themed programming tutorials to the third annual Hour of Code event. Microsoft, which has donated more than $3 million to Code.org, is allowing the organization to use the Minecraft name for free and its developers helped create the tutorial. It includes 14 different challenges and culminates in a "free play" environment.

Code-org co-founder Hadi Partovi said Minecraft is the most frequent request from Code.org students. “Kids write thank-you cards after doing tutorials in classrooms and they say, ‘Please do ‘Minecraft,’ ” he said.

The third annual Hour of Code begins December 7, and more than 100,000 teachers have already signed up to be involved.

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This article was originally published on Monday Nov 16th 2015
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