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This article was published on May 2, 2017

Minecraft Code Builder introduces programming to block-stacking students

Minecraft Code Builder introduces programming to block-stacking students
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Microsoft today announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. This new extension will teach kids how to code with the help of an assistant within the building block video game.

Code Builder introduces the Agent, a tiny sidekick, who executes coding instructions given via programs like Tynker, MakeCode, or ScratchX. Students learn how to use code to get the Agent to build things, solve problems, or even dance.

Students use the Agent typing “/code” into the command line. Students can also switch from blocks to Javascript, or code without the Agent at any time.

Minecraft Education Edition was announced for schools January 2016. I never really learned how to program in school before college, so I’m very envious of young students who will get their hands on this.

Code Builder is available in beta via the Minecraft Store starting today. All PCs with Microsoft’s Windows 10 S will have a free subscription to Minecraft Education Edition.