by Kristie Burk
From December 7th through December 13th, tens of millions of students in over 180 countries are participating in Hour of Code events designed to get students excited about computer science.
If you have time this week, show your students this awesome Minecraft Hour of Code! Students do not need to have the game installed; they can access it through the web browser.
Students start by watching an introductory video by Jens Bergensten, a lead developer on Minecraft, who explains how he started programming as a preteen.
Students then select a character (Alex or Mike) to program through Minecraft using drag and drop blocks with concepts like repeat loops and if statements.
It’s really a lot of fun and educational!