Minecraft EDU Takes Coding, STEAM Lessons Underwater

Minecraft EDU Takes Coding, STEAM Lessons Underwater 

A new update for Minecraft: Education Edition, called Update Aquatic, is adding underwater science to the educational version of the popular world-building game.

Update Aquatic adds new features and curriculum support, including 17 standards-aligned lessons in science, math, language arts and history. The update also adds:

  • Five template-based aquatic worlds: Shipwreck, Secret Reef, Lantern Shores, Monument Zone and Archipelago Town; and
  • Underwater coding adventures using Code Builder, which include hands-on student activities.

Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, is hosting a Minecraft hands-on workshop at ISTE 2018 June 24. (There will also be a Minecraft photo booth.) Details can be found on Microsoft's ISTE site.

The Update Aquatic for Minecraft: Education Edition is available now and can be downloaded directly from Additional details can be found at

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David Nagel is the former editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal, STEAM Universe, and Spaces4Learning. A 30-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art, marketing, media, and business publications.

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