While Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, one aspect of it that is often overlooked when it’s talked about is the educational and learning value it offers to the younger generation. In fact, Microsoft has a special SKU called Minecraft: Education Edition designed specifically for this sector. The company regularly updates it with new educational content, and it has now partnered with BBC Earth to add Frozen Planet II content to the title.
Microsoft has teamed up with BBC Earth to celebrate its Frozen Planet II nature program. The collaboration resulted in five free Minecraft worlds, the first of which is available today for players of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Education Edition.
The idea behind this partnership is to allow players to experience icy habitats, learn about the effects of climate change, and explore the diversity of flora and fauna in these virtual environments.
Minecraft: Education Edition head Allison Matthews noted that:
We’re thrilled to be partnering with BBC Studios on this unique venture – we’re bringing a whole new perspective to Minecraft and, by partnering with the great minds behind Frozen Planet II, a truly authentic experience in some of the most fascinating and important areas of our world. It has never been more important to inform players around the world about the impacts of climate change and to inspire a new generation of young people towards sustainable development. We believe this is our responsibility and our partnership is the next big step in that direction.
You can download the first of five free maps from the Minecraft Marketplace today and check out Frozen Planet II on BBC One or BBC iPlayer.