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Minecraft will help develop digital literacy among children.

2/3 of primary school students in the future will work in professions that do not yet exist. These are professions related to new technologies, artificial intelligence or big data. That is why experts emphasize that developing digital competences is especially important in their case. The combination of Minecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, which develops programming and logical thinking skills, and Microsoft's latest device - Surface Go - is supposed to help children learn and develop digital competences. The device is a prize in the "Capital to the Cube" contest, in which the main task is to build in Minecraft your own vision of the park in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The youngest have until 31 October to do it.

- In the area of digital competences we still have a lot of catching up to do. We have to take into account that all professions of the future will be in some way connected with technology and this fact cannot be ignored. About 65% of children entering school today will work in jobs that do not yet exist, so developing soft skills such as creativity is very important. Only creative people will be able to chase this world, which will develop faster and faster in terms of technology - says Anna Klimczuk from Microsoft press office to Newseria Biznes.

The technological revolution is transforming the job market. Professions connected with artificial intelligence, robotization, programming or big data may turn out to be the future. That is why digital competences, programming skills and familiarity with the world of new technologies are very important for children and young people.

- We definitely need to change the way we teach, to educate with the tools that children will use in the future. I cannot imagine this without the latest software, without developing creativity through technology and enabling children to work with tools and devices that they will have to use in the future - emphasizes Anna Klimczuk.

According to this year's edition of the international study EU Kids Online 2018, 85% of teenagers connect to the web via smartphone every day or almost every day, and 15% spend up to 5 hours a day online. However, only one in ten teenagers use the internet for creative activities and 60% have never created anything using an app. The research shows that children and teenagers use technology mostly in a passive way: to watch videos, listen to music or communicate with loved ones.

The challenge is therefore to combine entertainment related to the use of the Internet and new technologies with the educational aspect and safety of the youngest. This is exactly the goal of the "Capital to the Cube" contest organized by MindCloud, a school of coding and digital competence development for children, in cooperation with Microsoft.

- We pay a lot of attention to safety, which is built into every software and device so that children can use them safely. Our latest baby , Surface Go , is focused on security as well as convenience. It's a very small device that can be thrown into a school bag. It can replace a notebook or teacher's journal. The combination of Surface Go and Minecraft is meant to teach and entertain. We are launching a contest with MindCloud, in which we want to find out how children would see the surroundings of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. They can design the surroundings of PKiN on these devices, and the prize in the competition is Surface Go - says Anna Klimczuk.

Minecraft is a computer game with endless possibilities to explore the world by building objects and performing tasks. Using the blocks, children and young people can, among other things, learn how the organs of the human body work, how chemical reactions proceed and how important mechanisms work, they learn to build algorithms and program them in a visual environment.

- Games, apart from their entertainment function, can also have an educational function. Minecraft is a perfect example of this. Children can program in the game, learn creativity by building various structures, create various mechanisms. All this also teaches logical thinking and teamwork. Children really like to do it, because they can see the effects of it, they can see on the screen what they have created, they can preview everything at once - explains youtuber Michał Baraniak, author of the popular RoxMB channel.

The combination of Minecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, which develops programming and logical thinking skills, and the latest device from Microsoft's portfolio, Surface Go, is to help children learn and develop digital competences. The "Capital to the Cube" contest, in which the main task is to build in Minecraft your own vision of the park in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, will last until the end of October, and its results will be announced on November 3. Entries for the competition are accepted via the MindCloud website.