Minecraft has released a series of free educational sessions that parents can download to help children learn at home.
Minecraft Marketplace, which features items and add-ons that people can use in the popular block-building game, has a new Education section.
The educational content lets players explore the International Space Station, through a partnership with NASA, as well as learn to code with a robot, visit Washington DC landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist and more. This is launching for free download today and will be available through June 30, 2020.
A blog post on Minecraft.net stated: “If you head over to the Minecraft Marketplace, you will find some of our favourite lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition in a brand new Education category. These educational worlds can be played on your own, with your kids, parents or friends. From the comfort of your home, you can tour the International Space Station or even explore the inside of a human eye. We’ve also included 10 worlds from our Marketplace creator community. Thanks to creators Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, The World Foundry, Blockworks, and Imagiverse you can explore renewable energy, marine biology, Greek history, and more. The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges and tricky puzzles. All of these worlds are launching today and are free to download through June 30, 2020.”
Anyone with Minecraft for Bedrock platforms can find these worlds by launching Minecraft and visiting the in-game store. Minecraft is available on Android & iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Fire TV, Xbox One, Windows MR, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.
To learn more about distance learning with Minecraft: Education Edition, visit https://aka.ms/remote-learning-blog