Play Minecraft, Learn Python

Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School

Description

In this session Chris will introduce a range of activities you can use to develop confidence in a text based language by hacking Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi. The unit has been developed for use with upper KS2 pupils and KS3, and has been rigorously tested and well received by students. During this session we will look at controlling the chat pane, using variables to teleport, and using loops to build towers. This is a taster session for a fuller unit of work that has been developed as part of North Tyneside CLC's Build-IT initiative, designed to develop computer science understanding through Maker projects. It's kinda cool :-)

Chris Wilde's biography

Chris is a School Improvement Advisor in North Tyneside. His role includes curricular advice to teachers of computing and teaching groups of pupils from Reception to Year 13 using technology. Chris was awarded a commendation for the Guardian's teacher of the year award in 2006, is a Google Certified Teacher and his work with Build-IT has seen him recognised as a Digital Skills Leader by the Dynamo North East group. Chris' current interests lie in physical computing and Maker culture.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3

Room: Daysh Rack - Computing Science PC cluster, Daysh building - access opposite entrance to Claremont Tower


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