At this level, the kids get to explore concepts in computer science using Microsoft MakeCode and Minecraft. The aim of the course is to develop logic, creative and spatial thinking to the extent that the kids can make sense of complex concepts in programming such as events, conditions, variables, loops, functions, etc. through the prism of the virtual 3D world of Minecraft. This course is very special, especially since it provides an opportunity for the kids to learn through the platform of one of the most popular computer games in the world – Minecraft. Learning through the Microsoft platform will help them explore and test for themselves exactly how this particular game works at its core. This will in turn broaden their horizons and awaken their hunger for creativity.
The student will receive а certificate for each completed level.
Each completed module brings you 100 points and the full level brings you another 500 points.
Some of the instruments and programming environments used by the students at this level.
One level = 4 Modules
One module = 4 Classes
One class = 120 minutes
In this module, we get familiar with the Minecraft Education Microsoft platform. We get to learn how to use events in our program. We get to work with coordinates which helps us properly position our objects and characters in space. We get acquainted with the concept of variables. Without them, every game would be boring, so we learn how to use them! Toward the end of the module, we are also going to talk about what iteration is and what different types of loops there are.
In the second module, we have already gained some solid knowledge of the basics, so it is time to build up on it by studying the different types of conditional constructions. In this module, we get acquainted with the functions and how they help us optimise long and complex programmes. Among other things, the kids learn what an array is and how it is applied in programming.
In the third module, we get to apply everything we have learned so far and help the kids develop additional skills in programming 3D virtual spaces via special virtual challenges. We have a wide variety of tasks where the kids can simultaneously learn new things about the real world around them. However, this is all done through the prism and elements of Minecraft.
In the fourth module, our young programmers have already mastered all the basics of programming with Minecraft. Now, they get to build upon that knowledge by creating complex projects and use them to refine every detail when programming with blocks in Minecraft. The projects allow the kids to unleash their imagination and create their own complex programs using all the knowledge gained from the previous modules. This module is very useful for the kids because it develops, among other things, their analytical, critical and creative thinking and challenges them to step out of their comfort zone – they become accomplished creators, not just game consumers.