In an Xbox Wire post from Phil Spencer himself, Xbox and the Minecraft team have announced free educational content within the game to keep the learning going while much of the world is practicing social distancing and isolation.
“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.
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.”
Content in the educational pack also includes renewable energy and Greek history, with lesson plans like creative writing activities, challenge building, and tricky puzzles. Worlds from community creators Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, The World Foundry, Blockworks, and Imagiverse are also included in the pack.
The content pack is available for free today on all platforms where Minecraft lives (read: basically every platform ever) and will remain free to download until June 30, 2020. Read more on Minecraft.net.