Satya Nadella: Microsoft’s Minecraft purchase will help kids learn about science and technology

Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of the game developer Mojang and its hugely successful Minecraft series wasn’t just about adding a new game franchise to the Xbox division. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said today that it will also be a big boost in helping kids learn more about science and technology.

Nadella made those remarks as part of a annual luncheon at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today, According to GeekWire, Nadella said:

“If you talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, the best way to introduce anyone to STEM or get their curiosity going on, it’s Minecraft … So I think what this open-world phenomenon will mean to the community at large, for people who builders, is pretty big, and we are very excited about the acquisition, obviously.”

Nadella also said that his own 10 year old daughter asked him this morning if he knew about Microsoft acquiring Minecraft. Do you think Nadella’s vision for the game is a proper one or should it just be about offering an entertaining game experience?

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STEM Video Game Challenge announced for young video game developers!

Video Game Palooza announced today the STEM Video Game Challenge for young video game developers in conjunction with the Reboot Indie Game Awards during Indy Pop Con.

A separate STEM challenge competition will be conducted during Indy Pop Con, 2015 (June 26-26, 2015) at the Indiana Convention Center.

Students under the age of 18 will compete in presenting their ideas to benefit STEM learning and education.

So what is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A lesson or unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning.

Information will be forthcoming for details for the STEM challenge. Please check back or sign up with our newsletter to keep informed.

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