Minecraft releases free Education packs to help kids on lockdown
Minecraft maker Mojang has released a free resource pack to help educate and entertain children who are currently missing school.
The pack features 10 ‘lessons’, all of which are taken from the Minecraft: Education Edition used in schools worldwide. They include a Minecraft replica of the International Space Station, a model of a giant human eye – which users can explore the inside of – a coding course, Greek gods world and more.
All are available for free from the Minecraft Marketplace and can be downloaded until 30 June this year. You can access the Marketplace from within the app on whichever platform you’re using, or via the Minecraft website.
“The world is upside down right now,” Mojang said in a blog post. “We’re learning lots of new phrases like social distancing, contact tracing, and stop snacking just because you’re bored. Everyone around the world is coming together to do their part, whether that’s working on finding a vaccine, delivering food and supplies, or staying indoors.
“Whatever the case, all of our daily routines have been thrown completely out of whack. It’s easy to get scared at a time like this, which is why focusing on something can help you stay calm.
“Educators around the world are doing everything they can to provide digital lessons for the half a billion students who are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not an easy task and we want to do our part to help keep young minds sharp and stimulated.”