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Microsoft MakeCode Live Streaming and Resources for Students and Educators
The MakeCode team posts “To help families affected by school closures, the Microsoft MakeCode team will start live streaming coding lessons next for micro:bit, MakeCode Arcade and Minecraft. They are also providing online tutorials and project along with educator resources. See the MakeCode Online Learning page to see all these resources and for the latest streaming schedule. – Twitter
The Microsoft MakeCode YouTube Channel has recordings of livestreams – YouTube
The Microsoft Ireland DreamSpace HomeSpace Series features MakeCode for micro:bit – YouTube via Twitter
MakeCode in the Kitchen series from Microsoft for kids at home – YouTube
microbit.org presents home learning: digital creativity and coding for future skills. It is a way to have fun building skills and learning together, perfect for 8-to-14 year-olds and beyond! Starter projects, beginning coding and more, including videos – microbit.org.
A special Family Friendly Stream – Learning to Program Hardware for Kids with Microsoft MakeCode – Twitch
MakeCode Minute: Two Button Game Controller: John Park shows how you can turn your Circuit Playground Express into a two (or more!) button game controller for playing games on your computer. – YouTube.
Check out all the MakeCode minute videos on YouTube.
MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week!
Racquetball by theCobolKid is an impressive racquetball game with awesome perspective graphics! – YouTube.
Check out all the MakeCode Arcade game of the week videos on YouTube.
News from around the web!
micro:mag provides articles on the BBC micro:bit and features projects with MakeCode, EduBlocks and MicroPython – micro:mag
MakeCode: Creating Custom Boards – hackster.io
Storing multiple values and text in a single variable – Kitronik University Tips
Lego Education presents a robot design for dispensing hand sanitizer – YouTube (in German) and Build Instructions (universal)
An inspirational quote from Albert Einstein displayed on a micro:bit via MakeCode – Twitter
A device to remind the wearer not to touch their face – Instructables and YouTube
Using a micro:bit, Kitronic Klimate board and MakeCode to keep tabs on a refrigerator’s temperature – Twitter
#ICYDNCI What was the most popular, most clicked link, in last month’s newsletter? 1 Colour Sensor LEGO EV3 Line Follower
How to author tutorials with MakeCode for micro:bit – YouTube
How to localize (make different language translations) MakeCode tutorials for micro:bit – YouTube
The MakeCode team demonstrates how to use GitHub to create a compiled version of your code for release – YouTube
Peli from the MakeCode team and special young guest show the technique of taking an existing game and hacking it to do more – YouTube
New Guides using MakeCode!
Game Clock with Circuit Playground & MakeCode from Erin St Blaine.
No-Touch Hand Wash Timer for Circuit Playground Express and CLUE from John Park.
And check out all MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com.
A user created extension to read a Chirp moisture sensor over I2C to a micro:bit. – MakeCode Forum
BitWearable – a low-cost, compact accessory kit for micro:bit users to make fun wearable gadgets – TinkerGen
The BitPlayer micro:bit add-on provides a 2-axis joystick like Gameboy or PSP controllers. It also includes another 6 programmable buttons labeled as L, R, A, B, C and D. It also features a buzzer, a vibration motor and a Grove I2C port to connect additional peripherals – TinkerGen
Resources for Educators and more!
If we missed any resources, please let us know on GitHub, we’ll be updating this list each newsletter.
- MakeCode forums
- MakeCode Blog
- Awesome MakeCode on GitHub
- r/MakeCode – Reddit
- @MSMakeCode on Twitter
- Latest #MakeCode tagged Tweets
- MakeCode on Instagram
- #MakeCode tagged photos on Instagram
- MakeCode on YouTube
- MakeCode minute on YouTube
- MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week on YouTube
- MakeCode posts on Adafruit
- MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com
Join the MakeCode Discussions on Discord
The Adafruit Discord community has a dedicated #makecode channel to discuss all things MakeCode, seek advice, etc. – Join us now.
What is Microsoft MakeCode?
Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming – YouTube.
An interactive simulator provides students with immediate feedback on how their program is running and makes it easy to test and debug their code.
Students new to coding can start with colored blocks that they can drag and drop onto their workspace to construct their programs.
Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is a web-based beginner-friendly code editor to create retro arcade games for the web and for microcontrollers. In this guide, you will learn how to assemble your own Arcade hardware from different parts. MakeCode Arcade is open source, and on GitHub.
Microsoft has produced an excellent overview video of MakeCode Arcade – YouTube.
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