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Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
ComputerCraft: Teaching Programming with Minecraft

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ComputerCraft: Teaching Programming with Minecraft

Computer programming is an increasingly important skill for young people to learn. However, it remains fairly inaccessible to the majority of learners. ComputerCraft is an add-on that adds working computers and robots into the popular sandbox game Minecraft. These objects are programmable through the Lua scripting language and can be used to complete tasks inside the Minecraft world. Through ComputerCraft, programming becomes an immediate and useful skill, allowing students to accomplish more in Minecraft’s virtual space. This workshop models an introductory exercise in using ComputerCraft, aimed at educators and students. The players’ first challenge is to create a “Hello World” program. Next, players encounter robots known as “Turtles”, and learn to issue simple commands to them. Finally, players are challenged to program a Turtle to move along a predetermined path. As a result of these exercises, players gain an understanding of ComputerCraft, and by extension, computer programming in general.

Brendon Trombley, Don Miller

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Don Miller

Learning Designer, Institute of Play
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Brendon Trombley

Game Designer, Institute of Play
Brendon Trombley is a game designer, educator, and adventurer living in New York City. His passions involve games, technology, learning, travel, and food, and he tries to mix and match them whenever possible (be careful when combining food and technology!). | | Brendon is a graduate of the New Media Design program at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he trained in the principles of design in addition to a wide array of... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Class of '24

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