Minecraft Hour of Code Teaches Kids the Basics of Programming

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Minecraft Adventurer

The first collaboration between Microsoft and Code.org, Minecraft Adventurer is available for use via a web browser. You can also download a copy for offline use in various languages for both Windows and Mac. The latter is ideally suited if you have weak internet service or you wish to download and install it on all the computers in a classroom.

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With Minecraft Adventurer, you learn the basics of computer science by programming a virtual character through a simulated piece of the Minecraft world. For this, you use Blockly, a client-side JavaScript library for creating visual block programming languages and editors.

Created by Google and released as open source under the Apache 2.0 license, Blocky uses blocks that link together which you can drag and drop to write programs. Underneath, you can generate JavaScript, Python, PHP or Dart code. It can also be customized to make the code in any textual computer language.

The first decision you make in Minecraft Adventurer is selecting a character, Alex or Steve. From there, you’ll notice a screen split into three parts. On the left, you’ll find the Minecraft play space. It’s here where your program runs. Below this, you’ll see the instructions for each level of the tutorial.

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