MINECRAFT HOUR OF CODE

Explore basic coding concepts and learn about artificial intelligence (AI) in this free Hour of Code lesson in Minecraft: Education Edition! Help the Agent prevent forest fires with Minecraft and MakeCode. Follow the steps below to get started!

STEP 1: SET UP MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION

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Step 2: Preview the Hour of Code Lesson

Use Coding To Prevent Forest Fires

A village needs your help to prevent the spread of a nearby forest fire. Train the Agent to identify what causes fires, remove materials that help fires spread, and then bring life back to a forest destroyed by fire – all with code!

This lesson was inspired by Microsoft’s AI for Earth team, who use artificial intelligence to help solve global environmental challenges.

Watch the video for a short introduction to the Minecraft Hour of Code and learn how to start the lesson.

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STEP 3: GET THE LESSON PLAN

MINECRAFT HOUR OF CODE TOOLKIT

The Hour of Code Toolkit includes standards-based learning objectives, downloadable lesson plan, video tour of the Minecraft Hour of Code world, and a comprehensive FAQ. If you are planning to run an Hour of Code at your school, check out these helpful resources!

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Step 4: Facilitate an Hour of Code

How to Run an Hour of Code

In this one-hour free online course, learn how to facilitate an Hour of Code at your school or facility. Earn a Microsoft Educator badge, and see how you can integrate Hour of Code into your curriculum.

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Code.org Tutorials and Curriculum

Discover more free lessons and resources for teaching Computer Science at Code.org. Over 50 short puzzles, trainings and facilitator guides are available covering coding basics and CSTA standards for grades K-5. Since 2015, Minecraft Hour of Code has reached more than 130 million sessions. Join the movement!

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Step 5: Go Beyond an Hour with Minecraft

TEACH CODING WITH MINECRAFT

Minecraft: Education Edition helps teachers get started with computer science, offering free lessons and tutorials for all experience levels. Explore this starter kit and free csta-based curriculum and discover how to use code builder to program with block coding and javascript within the game.

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Building Blocks of Code: Free MEC Course

The free online training 'Building Blocks of Code' on the Microsoft Educator Community (MEC) empowers educators to bring computational thinking to your classrooms and earn a Microsoft Educator badge.

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Future Ready Skills Resources

Learn how Microsoft is working to close the STEM gap and build skills necessary to thrive in the digital economy. Through programs like TEALS and Hour of Code, we are creating pathways to 21st century jobs.

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