Microsoft and team up to bring ‘Minecraft’ to Hour of Code

Microsoft and on Monday unveiled a “Minecraft” coding tutorial for students and educators, created especially for the third-annual Hour of Code, a campaign to broaden global participation in computer science, held during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7–13. The new tutorial, now available at, introduces players to basic coding within the fun and popular “Minecraft” environment. Created by “Minecraft” game designers together with, the tutorial features Steve and Alex from “Minecraft” and “Minecraft”-inspired challenges that will be familiar to its more than 100 million players around the world.

Microsoft has a long history of providing resources and training for educators, having provided training to more than 11M educators, with 2 million more to be trained in the next three years through the Educator Community. In India, Microsoft has trained over 8 lakh teachers through its focused initiatives – Project Shiksha, Saksham and Oorja.

Globally, Microsoft has selected 600 educators as part of the recently expanded Microsoft Innovative Educator program. In India, 168 educators have been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educators.

As part of Microsoft Showcase and Associate Showcase Schools program, more than 550 schools have been selected globally. In India, 66 schools have been chosen as Microsoft Showcase and Associate Showcase Schools.

To further extend this teacher training, Microsoft and edX are announcing a first of its kind partnership to develop online courses for K-12 school leaders to enhance classroom learning and improve student outcomes.