Computer Science Education Week - Microsoft and Announce Free Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial

The New Worldwide Offerings Will Introduce Millions to Coding for the First Time
Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President, Philanthropies, Microsoft

(Redmond, WA, Monday, December 5, 2016) - It’s Computer Science Education week December 5-11, and Microsoft Corp. and recently unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for students and educators created to inspire people around the world to try an Hour of Code. The new web-based tutorial, available for free at, enables beginner coders to create and share their own simple “Minecraft” game.

Created by “Minecraft” game designers at Mojang and Microsoft, in partnership with, the easy-to-learn one-hour experience builds on the success of last year’s record-breaking “Minecraft” tutorial, which reached more than 30 million students worldwide. With the goal of inspiring millions more to try coding for the first time and to continue on their journey of learning computer science, the tutorial is available in 50 languages.

Computer science education skills are critical for the 21st century economy. This tutorial underscores a commitment to ensuring all young people have the opportunity to learn computer science, which is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In support of and the global Hour of Code campaign, Microsoft will lead hundreds of youth coding events in more than 60 countries. During Computer Science Education Week, this includes hundreds of free workshops hosted by Microsoft Stores across the globe. Students can reserve a spot in a store workshop by visiting the or by visiting their local Microsoft Store.

For more information about Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring access to computer science education for all youth, visit Microsoft Philanthropies website at

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