Microsoft India joins hands with WhiteHat Jr to offer immersive game-based learning experiences for students

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  • WhiteHat Jr introduces ‘Code with Minecraft’, a highly engaging offering aimed at students aged 6-14 years
  • Microsoft Education Edition Teacher Academy to help upskill teachers of WhiteHat Jr through specialized workshops

New Delhi, December 9, 2021: Microsoft India and WhiteHat Jr today announced a collaboration to provide students and teachers access to personalized and immersive learning experiences with Minecraft.

Whitehat Jr, the leading live one-on-one online learning platform with courses on coding, math, and music, will offer a Code with Minecraft course for students on its platform.

The collaboration is part of Microsoft and WhiteHat Jr’s joint vision to reimagine learning in India with technology to unlock new possibilities for learners and empower educators. The Code with Minecraft program will provide students an opportunity to master important coding concepts through highly curated curriculum based on Minecraft. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will also help upskill WhiteHat Jr educators through special workshops delivered by the Minecraft Education Edition Teacher Academy.

The Code with Minecraft course is available in multiple packages for students aged 6-14 years. Students start with game-based learning on Minecraft where they can build their own game heroes, game worlds and play multiplayer games within Minecraft’s rich, ever-evolving environment, while learning foundational coding concepts such as commands, sequences, variables, loops and conditionals. As students progress through the curriculum, they will learn advanced coding concepts and languages.

Trupti Mukker, CEO, WhiteHat Jr, said, “Young learners experience the joy of creating with technology through our coding courses. Students love our classes as they work on live projects and develop new skills with the support of a live teacher. For years, Minecraft has fascinated children across the world. We are very excited to be able to collaborate with Microsoft India and bring such an engaging learning experience to children.”

Speaking about the initiative, Navtez Bal, Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “The skills of the future will look very different from the skills that exist today. Platforms like Minecraft are ensuring students have deep, immersive learning experiences that unlocks both creativity and critical thinking. Our partnership with WhiteHat Jr is a strong step in making learning engaging and preparing young adults with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy.”

Benefits from learning through ‘Code with Minecraft’

Minecraft is a sandbox for unlimited creativity in which students are presented with fundamental blocks to imagine and create various shapes, items and entire worlds. Students use simplified block code editing to modify anything, from how characters look to the physical laws that govern them. The guided, hands-on approach of designing rich, 3D environments further customizes the learning experience. Additionally, Minecraft gives students access to a thriving 140-million-strong global community of gamers and creators.

About WhiteHat Jr

WhiteHat Jr has been launched with the singular mission of empowering kids to become creators versus consumers of technology. The company has channeled students’ natural creativity through an engaging curriculum and personalized, live teacher attention. WhiteHat Jr’s 11,000+ strong teacher workforce conducts thousands of live Coding, Math and Music online classes every day on its proprietary platform. Cumulatively, the company has conducted more than 8.7 million classes to date.

About Microsoft India

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 16,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organizations.

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