New Hour of Code lessons from Microsoft Education to help educators observe Computer Science Education Week December 6-12

As technology continues to transform our planet, it is more important than ever for students to understand the impact it plays in our daily lives and to recognize their growing role in creating future innovations that have a positive impact. on the society. From December 6 to 12, classrooms around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week and millions of students and teachers will participate in Hour of Code as part of a global movement to demystify, democratize and spark interest in coding and computing.

At Microsoft, we are committed to continuing to provide accessible, engaging and fair computer education experiences that open up opportunities for young people of today and tomorrow. We’re inspired by the global community of dedicated educators and volunteers who continue to lead coding tutorials in classrooms and communities around the world to help students take their first steps toward learning to code.

To celebrate this year’s Computer Science Education Week, we’re excited to announce a new Minecraft: Education Edition Code Hour and MakeCode Arcade Code Hour. New this year, teachers can sign up to have a Microsoft Education expert lead their classroom during a one-hour code lesson!

Travel through time and solve coding puzzles in the new Minecraft Code Hour

Travel through time to save the future with Hour of Code: TimeCraft! In this new lesson for Minecraft: Education Edition, students will travel through time to help some of history’s greatest innovators in science, architecture, music, and engineering by solving problems. coding puzzles. From a 1920s New York jazz club to the Great Wall of China, computing is truly everywhere this year, and for everyone!

Hour of Code: TimeCraft is available for free in Minecraft: Education Edition and can be downloaded and viewed even if you don’t have your school connection. Anyone can do an hour of code – in the classroom or at home – and Minecraft: Education Edition lets you code with blocks or Python.

To help you prepare to run code with your students for Computer Science Education Week, Minecraft provides teachers with Hour of Code resources in over 25 languages, including a educator’s guide, Lesson Plan, and solution guide. Learn more about the new Minecraft Hour of Code and get ready for a trip back in time!

Learn about climate change and code your own game with MakeCode Arcade Save the forest Hour of Code Lesson

In MakeCode Arcade, students will learn how computers and technology can help solve some of the most pressing environmental problems facing our planet. In this year’s lesson, Save the forest, students will be able to code a game that recreates the conditions of a forest fire, then code a firefighting tanker that sprays water to extinguish the flames! Students will be able to share the games they create with their peers, explore other game-making activities, and learn about climate issues.

To support this year’s activity, in partnership with the US Department of State, MakeCode announces the first MakeCode Arcade Game World Jam which will challenge students to modify their Save the Forest game or develop a new game that works with the Game Jam theme. The State Department and Microsoft will launch Game Jam on November 29 and host a series of virtual and hybrid Game Jam opportunities in U.S. spaces around the world.

Prepare your classes to save the forest and participate in the Global MakeCode Arcade Game Jam by exploring the following educational resources.

Register your class for engaging virtual Hour of Code experiences taking place during #CSEdWeek!

This year, to help educators during Computer Science Education Week, we’re running professional development opportunities to prepare educators to run Hour of Code sessions with Minecraft: Education Edition and MakeCode Arcade in their classrooms. . And remember, new this year, educators can sign up for a Microsoft education expert to lead their class through an hour-long lesson in code with Minecraft, MakeCode Arcade, or HackingSTEM during #CSEdWeek. !

Learn more about scheduled events and register today!

We can’t wait to have a week of learning, exploring and inspiring students through the power of code!

Sam D. Gomez