We are very happy to announce that this year’s Hour of Code tutorial will take place in Minecraft: Education Edition. This demo lesson will be available to all users, even those who don't currently have a valid Office 365 Education account. Use this link to to download and install Minecraft: Education Edition if you have not already so you can play the Hour of Code Lesson. Let us know what you think on the Demo Lesson feedback page.
A village is threatened by fire and needs you to code a solution!
Meet your coding helper, the Minecraft Agent, then program the Agent to navigate the forest and collect data. This data will help the Agent predict where fires will occur. Then code the Agent to help prevent the spread of fire, save the village, and bring life back into the forest.
Learn the basics of coding and explore a real-world example of artificial intelligence (AI).
You can find a preview of the Educator Resources here:
Play the Hour of Code Demo Lesson
Visit the IT Admin Guide for the Hour of Code to learn about the network requirements to run the Hour of Code in your school.
I have a license for Minecraft: Education Edition:
- If you already have Minecraft: Education Edition installed, make sure it’s version 12.3 (or higher), or upgrade by downloading here.
- Open Minecraft: Education Edition and sign in with your school account.
- Navigate to the Library. You'll notice some changes in the way that Library is organized to make it easier for you to find content.
- Locate the lesson in the Library under Lessons > Computer Science > Hour of Code.
- On the lesson description page, click Create World to start the lesson.
I do NOT have a license for Minecraft: Education Edition:
- If you already have Minecraft: Education Edition installed, make sure it’s version 1.12.3 (or higher) or upgrade by downloading here.
- Click Start Lesson on the home screen.
- On the lesson description page, click Start Lesson to begin.
The lesson follows the progression described in the Educator Lesson Plan. Please review that document for a detailed description of the coding activities and lesson objectives.
Unable to start the lesson
If you see a message indicating that the lesson is not currently available, we are likely updating the lesson. Please try again later.
If you see a message indicating that we were unable to connect to the library, this may indicate that either the lesson is not currently available, or that additional action will need to be taken in order for you to access Library content.
- If you see this message and are not signed in to Minecraft: Education Edition (i.e. you are using the Demo Lesson), you will need to ask the network administrator at your school to whitelist the following two URLs in in order to use the new Library features:
- If you see this message and you are signed in to Minecraft: Education edition, please confirm that you are able to access other lessons and worlds in the Library. If you can access other lessons in the Library but not the Hour of Code lesson, this means the lesson is currently unavailable, and will be updated soon. If this message appears for other Library categories (e.g. Monthly Build Challenges), then you will need to follow the directions above to whitelist URLs.
Unable to access features of the game
Refer to the Hour of Code FAQ if you have any questions or encounter issues accessing or playing the Demo Lesson.