We had 198 participants in our Zoom coding workshop today! For today’s workshop I walked everyone through a Code.org Hour of Code tutorial on video game design with activities based on the game Minecraft. Kids learned how to code creatures like sheep, chickens, cows, golems, creepers and zombies, to:
- “spawn” either at daybreak or at nightfall
- to execute repeated actions using forever loops
- to make noises and random movements
- to yield resources when touched by the player
- to move toward or away from the player and/or attack the player
The tutorial on Code.org took us through 11 different puzzles and then the 12th and final puzzle was a chance to completely program every aspect of the game yourself with a blank canvas. Some puzzles also include videos with actual programmers who developed the real Minecraft game. These real-life developers explain concepts like spawning and forever loops in a way that’s easy for kids to understand.
The kids designed some cool and crazy games! Click on the images below to be taken to each child’s game and to play it for yourself!
I recorded the workshop because of how long it went and the difficulty for some kids to stay for the whole thing. But in the interests of protecting children’s privacy, I can’t post the recording here. If your child participated in the workshop or signed up for the workshop, and you would like the recording, please email me at akolakowski[at]cityofpasadena[dot]net. I will first verify if your child was signed up and then I will share the recording, if it is still available. Because of digital storage limitations, I cannot guarantee that the video won’t be deleted at some point. Thanks for understanding.
Don’t forget to claim this activity as a badge for your Summer Reading Challenge and put this toward earning your next prize! You can say it was Coding, or Programming (in this case we mean attending a library program), or if you’re reading this, Blogging! Heck, you can use all three badges, it’s up to you! 🙂 Have fun!