Xbox is adding free educational content to Minecraft in response to the school closings caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The company announced that it is adding a new “education category” to the Minecraft marketplace that allows players (and their parents) to download free educational content for the game, including lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition.
“With hundreds of millions of children at home due to the closure of coronavirus schools, more children go online to spend time with friends, explore online worlds, and learn through play,” said Phil Spencer, chief executive the Xbox. in an Xbox Wire post.
“Families try to cope with the need to help their children with distance learning and to compensate for this by taking the time to have fun.”
According to Xbox, this update adds a number of educational worlds that can be played alone or with others. Players can explore the International Space Station, visit famous Washington DC monuments, find and build 3D fractals, or learn about a range of topics including marine biology, renewable energy, coding, Greek history, and more.
These worlds also include lesson plans such as creative writing activities, building challenges and puzzles. This free educational content is available today and can be downloaded free of charge from Minecraft Marketplace until June 20, 2020.