Minecraft Marketplace gets free educational content for the millions of kids forced to stay home

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft is offering free Minecraft content to help millions of children stuck at home due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As noted in post on Xbox Wire by Xbox chief Phil Spencer, the company is adding a new category to the Minecraft Marketplace offering free educational content for parents and their children to 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.”

Another feature helpful for children new to the Minecraft universe is the Copilot feature. Copilot is an accessibility feature on Xbox One. With the Copilot feature, new gamers can learn how to navigate Minecraft or any other Xbox One game title using two controllers that act as one. Copilot can be especially helpful for younger children that may need some help getting used to playing video games or children with special needs that may need a special controller configuration to play.

It is important that everyone does their part by staying indoors and practice social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus and prevent our healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed. This is just one other way for Xbox One to keep your children entertained while everyone deals with this ongoing crisis.

Do you have children? What are you doing to keep them entertained? Let us know in the comments.