Minecraft EDU Takes Coding, STEAM Lessons Underwater
A new update for Minecraft: Education Edition, called Update Aquatic, is adding underwater science to the educational version of the popular world-building game.
Update Aquatic adds new features and curriculum support, including 17 standards-aligned lessons in science, math, language arts and history. The update also adds:
- Five template-based aquatic worlds: Shipwreck, Secret Reef, Lantern Shores, Monument Zone and Archipelago Town; and
- Underwater coding adventures using Code Builder, which include hands-on student activities.
Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, is hosting a Minecraft hands-on workshop at ISTE 2018 June 24. (There will also be a Minecraft photo booth.) Details can be found on Microsoft's ISTE site.
The Update Aquatic for Minecraft: Education Edition is available now and can be downloaded directly from education.minecraft.net/get-started/download/. Additional details can be found at education.minecraft.net/aquatic.