Coding with Minecraft: Building Squares with Gavin Blackshear

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Coding with Minecraft: Building Squares with Gavin Blackshear

Learning Objectives Coding with Minecraft: Building Squares with Gavin Blackshear

Learn to use a repeat loop to build a square.

Guiding ideas

In Minecraft: Education Edition, the Agent is your own personal Robot! You can create programs to make him move, build or dig for you in the game.

In this lesson, we will create basic commands we can use for our Agent.

To do this, we will use a special event in Microsoft MakeCode called the “On Chat Command” which is a useful way to teach students about functions.

In computer science, a “function” is a way to group commands together. For example, the function of Waving might group the following commands together:

  • Raise hand
  • Move hand left
  • Move hand rightIn this case, we will be creating some On Chat Commands that will tell our Agent what to do. Students can type the name of their functions into the Minecraft game to execute that function.

Student Activities 

Using repletion and loops we will learn how to use our Agents and program them with some commands. Then, Let’s have our agent build a square for us.

Performance Expectations

  •  how would you add height to their existent structure?
  • What changes to the existing code would they have to make to create a rectangle for example?

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