Programming has become more and more prevalent and integral to life for many. One issue with programming for many especially younger learners is the lack of instant gratification. The nice thing about Programming with games like Minecraft is it gives younger students the opportunity to play games while sorta trojan horsing in the learning, which helps keep the students from being so adverse to learning to code. Programming with games like Minecraft is fun and engaging. Programming can be difficult to learn how it works at first, but once you get the basics down the possibilities are endless!
There are a few resources/games that allow you to learn coding together. Here are 3 popular games.
Minecraft: While Minecraft allows the user to code while playing it’s both not the main purpose or well known. In fact, in order to code alongside Minecraft a special mod needs to be installed and used. The mod effectively lets the player play the game like normal however they can then use programming to do things like, add blocks, add enemies, move objects, etc… With more time and patience the user can even do things like implementing their own mobs (creatures) and original items.
Alongside the mod for Minecraft, there is a standalone version of a simpler version of Minecraft that is much simpler and allows the student to code using block coding, good for younger students who may not be comfortable using a keyboard and typing yet or to kids who are more visual learners.
Roblox: This is a bit different from Minecraft coding, it gives the coder a lot more freedom while also supplying them with premade tools to make amazing things. While you definitely can use coding to create more advanced things you can also get by with more of a visual and creative approach. Roblox lets the player either play other games that other people have made or create their own.
Code Combat: Code Combat is a bit different from the other two because it is a game that was created with the sole purpose of teaching users to code. This game is less well known than the previous two games mentioned to the general public but most of those learning to code are very familiar with it. The game introduced coding slowly to new learners then slowly ramps up in complexity and difficulty.
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