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3rd Official Microsoft MakeCode Game Jam
Go check out the winners of the latest MakeCode Game Jam! You can play them, as well as all of the other games which were submitted to the 3rd Official Microsoft MakeCode Game Jam! The competition pitted game development skills against others to build a game using MakeCode Arcade, a game engine for retro pixel-art games that run in the browser or on handheld game devices – GameJam.
8th Grade Students Make Games at Fulton Academy of Science & Technology in Roswell, Georgia on an Adafruit PyBadge with MakeCode – Blog
Inspiring Next Gen Coders with MakeCode – Build Conference.
Microsoft MakeCode Videos
Watch live streaming Microsoft MakeCode videos on Twitch.
The Microsoft MakeCode YouTube Channel has recordings of livestreams – YouTube.
In this MakeCode Minute, John Park shows how to use two great new features to improve visual organization in the blocks editor. Code formatting and block collapse/expand are here!
Check out all the MakeCode minute videos on YouTube.
MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week!
Tiny Soccer Cars by theCobolKid an amazing MakeCode-alike of Rocket League!!
Check out all the MakeCode Arcade game of the week videos on YouTube.
News from around the web!
Circuit Playground Express and Ultrasonic Distance Measurement in Makecode – Instructables.
A micro:bit based robot using servos – Twitter.
Using MakeCode to code an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and a Crickit with a servo, a US-100 sensor and a speaker. Used polygonia design for the side design – Twitter.
Measuring pendulum decay with BBC micro:bit and XinaBox – hackster.io.
A Minecraft chessboard using 26 lines of code – Twitter.
A gathering of micro:bit Very Useful Monsters getting ready for coding robotics engineering camps in Indiana @1stMakerSpace and California @StIgnatius. Proto Pasta Endless Pastabilities colors for the feet – Twitter.
Morse Code on the micro:bit – BloggedIn
A little fun for Remote Developers in the form of an activity book from the Azure community Microsoft.
Microsoft is hiring for the MakeCode Team
Microsoft has openings in the MakeCode Team. See their Job Listings for the positions open.
New Guides using MakeCode!
And check out all MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com.
polygon-ext includes both the Polygon and Spinner Extensions for MakeCode Arcade – GitHub.
The XK05 Internet of Things (IoT) kit from Xinabox consists of two parts: a micro:bit IM01 which includes an SD card and a CW01 core that adds WiFi capability to the micro:bit – BloggedIn.
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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