Ongoing: OMG I Don't Know Code! - Python & JS Virtual Experience Using Minecraft

London School of Economics and Political Science
Oct 2, 2020 - Jan 10, 2021, 6:00 PM (BST)

About this event

So many of you loved the JP Morgan program and our introductory classes in Python. This is a new resource that we loved with an upcoming partner with ours: Microsoft. 

Microsoft MakeCode is a platform that combines the magic of Making with the power of Coding as a more inclusive approach to computer science education. Using a hands-on approach to computing education, Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels and supports physical computing devices like the micro:bit, and Circuit Playground for students to create robots, digital air guitars and magic wands.

Today the Microsoft MakeCode team is happy to announce their beta release for Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of Minecraft that was created specifically for teachers and students as an immersive learning platform. 

With this latest update, Minecraft has added a Code Connection companion app which allows teachers and students to use Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft to program mini-games, automated builds, and change gameplay behavior in Minecraft! Using either the visual block-based editor, or the JavaScript editor, students can build programs that will spawn animals, construct buildings, alter game settings, or interact with their personal agent.

This course uses a Simulator to Block to Java Script Technique and so recommend going through each module from the beginning

Simulator - An interactive simulator provides students with immediate feedback on how their program is running and makes it easy to test and debug their code.

Block Editor - Students new to coding can start with colored blocks that they can drag and drop onto their workspace to construct their programs.

JavaScript Editor - When they are ready, students can move into a full-featured JavaScript editor with code snippets, tooltips, and error detection to help them.