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The MakeCode Newsletter

MakeCode

This is a newsletter devoted to Microsoft MakeCode, the easy but powerful block and Javascript code creator. We include MakeCode news, highlights, information, happenings, hardware, and more from around the world. If you’re looking to keep up on the latest in the MakeCode-osphere, we can’t think of a better place than right here in this newsletter!

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3rd Official Microsoft MakeCode Game Jam

3rd 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.

Education Spotlight

Games for Class with PyBadge

Games for Class with PyBadge

8th Grade Students Make Games at Fulton Academy of Science & Technology in Roswell, Georgia on an Adafruit PyBadge with MakeCode – Blog

NextGen Coders

Inspiring Next Gen Coders with MakeCode – Build Conference.

Microsoft MakeCode Videos

Microsoft YouTube Channel

Watch live streaming Microsoft MakeCode videos on Twitch.

The Microsoft MakeCode YouTube Channel has recordings of livestreams – YouTube.

MakeCode Minute

MakeCode Minute

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!

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!

Pacific Spin Blaster Game

Pacific Spin Blaster game for MakeCode Arcade using the Polygon and Spinner extensions. The code is on GitHub and both MakeCode Arcade extensions are also on GitHub.

Beat Visulizer

A MakeCode beat visualizer with Circuit Playground Express – Twitter and Twitch.

Ultrasonic Distance Measurement

Circuit Playground Express and Ultrasonic Distance Measurement in Makecode – Instructables.

Simple Gimbal

A simple gimbal with micro:bit and 2 servos – Instructables and YouTube.

Boson Starter Kit for micro:bit

A custom block for DF Robot’s Boson Starter Kit for micro:bit – Twitter and MakeCode.

micro:bit based robot

A micro:bit based robot using servos – Twitter.

Py Hunter

The Adafruit Py Hunter game, with instructions translated into German – Twitter and Game.

Polygonia

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.

GameGo

A Multiplayer Fighting Game on two GameGo units With Makecode Arcade – Instructables and YouTube.

pendulum decay

Measuring pendulum decay with BBC micro:bit and XinaBox – hackster.io.

Creative Coding lightning talk

A creative Coding lightning talk for Candid Contributions CodePatch – a quick intro to Processing , SonicPi, Pico8 & MakeCode – Twitter and YouTube.

Minecraft chess board

A Minecraft chessboard using 26 lines of code – Twitter.

Very Useful Monsters

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

Morse Code on the micro:bit – BloggedIn

Developer Activity Book

A little fun for Remote Developers in the form of an activity book from the Azure community Microsoft.

#ICYDNCI What was the most popular, most clicked link, in last month’s newsletter? Black Girls Code Virtual Summer Camps.

Microsoft is hiring for the MakeCode Team

Microsoft is Hiring

Microsoft has openings in the MakeCode Team. See their Job Listings for the positions open.

New Guides using MakeCode!

Light Up Mask

Chatty Light-Up Circuit Playground Express Mask by Kathy Ceceri.

Crystal Light Strand

No-Solder PaperCraft Crystal Light Strand by Erin St Blaine.

And check out all MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com.

New Extensions!

polygon-ext

polygon-ext includes both the Polygon and Spinner Extensions for MakeCode Arcade – GitHub.

sliders

The polgon-with-sliders extension for MakeCode Arcade allows for drawing polygons and using on-screen sliders – GitHub and We Code MakeCode.

New Hardware!

Xinabox XK05 IoT

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.

Latest Releases

Microsoft Streamer BETA

Microsoft is looking for feedback on MakeCode Streamer! A BETA web site to create live or recorded coding videos – Product Page and Twitter

Resources for Educators and more!

If we missed any resources, please let us know on GitHub, we’ll be updating this list each newsletter.

Join the MakeCode Discussions on Discord

MakeCode

The Adafruit Discord community has a dedicated #makecode channel to discuss all things MakeCode, seek advice, etc. – Join us now.

What is Microsoft MakeCode?

MakeCode Overview Video

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.

Simulator

Simulator

An interactive simulator provides students with immediate feedback on how their program is running and makes it easy to test and debug their code.

Block Editor

Block Editor

Students new to coding can start with colored blocks that they can drag and drop onto their workspace to construct their programs.

JavaScript Editor

JavaScript Editor

When they are ready, students can move into a full-featured JavaScript editor with code snippets, tooltips, and error detection to help them.

MakeCode Arcade

MakeCode Arcade

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.

MakeCode Arcade Overview Video

Microsoft has produced an excellent overview video of MakeCode Arcade – YouTube.

Contribute!

The MakeCode Newsletter is a community-run newsletter with support from Microsoft. The complete archives are here. Contributions are welcome! Please make pull request to modify the latest draft from inside the _drafts directory on GitHub.



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