Minecraft Creator Markus "Notch" Persson

From the Series STEM Trailblazer Bios

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Do you play computer games? If you do, you’ve probably played Minecraft. When Minecraft creator Markus Persson was young, he wasn’t very interested in the games themselves. He was more interested in the programing instructions in the computer’s manual. By the time Persson was eight years old, he was writing code for his own computer games.

When he was eighteen, Persson landed his dream job as a video game programmer. In 2009, he designed Minecraft in a single weekend. In the game, players use blocks to build whatever they choose. Persson wanted to let players use their imaginations, and the idea paid off. Today, Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Although Persson doubts he will ever top this success, he continues to develop games, while fans wait for what’s next.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Interdisciplinary
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF021060, JNF007090, JNF012010
Dewey 794.8092
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 900
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180565
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

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School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“These palatable biographies . . . might inspire pride in [students’] own developing STEM skills. . . . The bright, clean format and accessible tone make these entry biographies great for classrooms and libraries.”—School Library Journal

Author: Kari Cornell

Kari Cornell is a freelance writer and editor who lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and two young boys. When she's not working or spending time with her family, she loves to cook, tinker in the garden, knit, or run. She feels fortunate that she's been able to combine many of the activities she likes to do in her free time with her day job. Cornell is the author of several cookbooks for children, including Cooking the Turkish Way and Cooking the Indonesian Way. She is the co-author of Growing with Purpose: Forty Years of Seward Community Cooperative

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STEM Trailblazer Bios

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