Here's some great news for parents of Minecraft fans. From today you can get Minecraft Educational Content for FREE, so kids can access learning content usually available only to schools with no extra charge!
Children will be able to explore the International Space Station with content from NASA, explore Washington DC landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn how to be a marine biologist and lots more. The free worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles.
The announcement was made today, and means that children can download the new content from today via the in-game Minecraft Marketplace, and that includes players on XBox and Playstation.
Phil Spencer, head of XBox said:
"With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds and learn through play. Families are trying to navigate the need to help their children with distance learning and balance that with taking time to have fun. That’s why we announced today hat we are adding a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace with free educational content players and parents can download.
The educational content we’ve curated lets players explore the International Space Station though a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist, and so much more. This is launching for free download today and will be available through June 30, 2020."
You can view the full announcement from Minecraft here*, along with instructions on how to access the free content.
Want more free help with home learning? Check out our guide to Free Online Learning Resources For Kids.