Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition will be getting a Codebuilder add-on
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Microsoft unveils new effort to teach kids to code through Minecraft

Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition will be getting a Codebuilder add-on.

Students will be able to learn how to code by traveling around the pivelated universe and typing “/code” which will bring up a list of snippets and commands. Using the popular Tynker plugin kids can place blocks of code with ease and produce instant, recognizable results. Minecraft's code-builder "Agent" allows kids to visualize code being executed in real time, performing loops to craft buildings, for example.

“One of the things we talk a lot about...is the creator in us all,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an interview with Marketplace. “It's that moment when the students say, ‘wow, look what I did.’ And I see it with my own daughters when they come and show me something that they did. That's the brand. I always feel that Microsoft is at best when we are right behind that moment of creation whether it's a developer or a student. It's their success with our technology that we should celebrate. That's who we are.”

The beta version is available now here.

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