30, 6th grade students at the Sarugaku Elementary School took part in a new and innovative means of education where the play “Minecraft” to help teach students the concept of “Math”, “Social Science”, “Science”, “Arts & Craft”
Initiated by the Microsoft Japan, the “ICT Dream School for modelling programming education & Digital Manufacturing Education” led by the Ministry of Education and internal affairs of communication, created a new curriculum called the “Minecraft EDU”
Minecraft is a 2009 sandbox indie and arcade video game title created by Swedish programmer Markus Notch. The game allows players to build and destroy different types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. User can create their own city from scratch and interact with other players in their virtually built world.
Minecraft EDU requires students to develop their own house and eventually their own town while incorporating turtle programming as an education / programming aspect to the course.
Currently, the course only allows users to face the environment by themselves and build a city on their own, whereas in future challenges the curriculum is looking to add multiplayer features to the course.
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