Never coded before? No problem! Learn coding fundamentals with MakeCode's tutorials for Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll take advantage of block coding tools, as well as be introduced to the free Makecode curriculum. Once you know how to code with MakeCode, you'll also be ready to start using micro:bits.

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What You Will Need

1. Windows 10 computer OR Mac computer with OS X El Capitan

2. An external two-button mouse

3. An installed copy of Minecraft: Education Edition (Get the bundle if you don't have any other software installed)

Skip the next two items if you got the bundle above

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1- Two Ways to Start Coding

#1: Tynker

With Tynker, you have access to a rich variety of tutorials. These tutorials help you, step by step, to achieve success. Tynker relies on block coding, an approachable tool to use for beginners.

This serves as an easy entry point for teachers learning to use coding in their classroom.

#2: MakeCode for Minecraft

Ready to embark on deeper learning? Microsoft has provided a MakeCode curriculum appropriate for grades 6-8 that offers projects and tutorials specifically designed for students.

MakeCode works in a variety of settings and relies on both block and text editors, so what students learn is usable beyond Minecraft. This makes it ideal for learners at different levels.

Computer Science Curriculum

The course is written for teachers new to computer science or those who have never taught it. The curriculum includes access to materials two formats. The first is the universal HTML (web page). The second, more valuable, is the OneNote Notebook format.

Here, students learn about events, coordinates, variables, iteration, conditionals, functions, arrays, and more.

2- Visual Walkthrough: Code Connection for Minecraft

Code Connection for Minecraft is a free download. Code Connection makes it easy to transfer your code from the tool (e.g. Tynker, Scratch) to Minecraft. Here’s a visual walkthrough of how to get connected.

When you first start Code Connection, you will be provided with the connect code you need to put into Minecraft.

Copy the code by clicking the "Copy" button

Once you have copied the connect code to put into Minecraft, switch to Minecraft.

Press "/" key without quotes. Paste in the connect code to establish the connection.

Press [ENTER] on your keyboard or click the button with the right arrow on it shown on screen.

Once you have success in the connection to the Code Connection, you will see the various editors available (e.g., Make Code, Scratch, Tynker).

You may want to minimize your Minecraft: Education Edition window so you can see both of them on the screen. Note that you can switch between the two programs using Alt-Tab on your Windows 10 device.

3 - MakeCode in Minecraft Overview

Whole Group Project #1 - Chicken Rain

In this project, we'll be making chickens rain from the sky.

Project #1 - Flower Trail

In this project, flowers will sprout wherever you walk.

Project #2 - Billboard

In this project, make a billboard out of your name.

Project #3 - Zombies

Use MakeCode to create Minecraft zombies to learn the fundamentals of coding and computational thinking.

Inspired by Kieran Bailey's tweet

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Resources for Minecraft: Education Edition