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ICYMI MakeCode Newsletter


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 globe.

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Thank you all!

This is the final issue of the MakeCode Newsletter brought to you by Adafruit. For just over two years, we’ve brought the community the news and highlights using MakeCode.

  • Anne Barela and John Park, editors

Education Spotlight

Microsoft Education

You can now find Microsoft Education on TikTok! Follow along in the teacher’s lounge – TikTok via Twitter.


Start students coding Python in Minecraft with MakeCode. They can learn the basics of Python, including syntax, data types, variables, conditionals, ‘for’ and conditional loops, lists and functions. Python 101 with MakeCode contains 10 lessons – Minecraft Education.


Each Tuesday, TeenTech is running a FREE Game Design Coding Workshop for students aged 10-16 – Twitter and TeenTech.

Latest Releases

Cloud Sync for MakeCode Arcade

Introducing Cloud Sync for MakeCode Arcade – MakeCode Blog.

Over the past year we’ve been working hard to bring you the ability to sign into MakeCode with a Microsoft Account. When you sign into MakeCode, you make it possible for us to remember who you are, and this unlocks a bunch of exciting new possibilities. For example, it becomes possible for us to remember what you were working on and make your projects available wherever you use MakeCode. In fact this is the first feature we’ve built for our signed in users, and we’re calling it Cloud Sync.

MakeCode Minute

MakeCode Minute

From the archives: DIY Pew Pew Sounds – YouTube.

Check out all the MakeCode minute videos on YouTube.

MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week!

Game of the Week

From the archives: Pergamon Arcade – YouTube.

Check out all the MakeCode Arcade game of the week videos on YouTube.

News from around the web!

Cardboard Robot

“High-Fivey” the Cardboard micro:bit Robot – Twitter and Brown Dog Gadgets.

Game Design

If you want to learn to design a game but don’t know where to start, check out this tutorial from MakeCode. As mentioned in the video, you can also download your game to Meowbit, a game console compatible with MakeCode Arcade – Twitter and YouTube.

Newbit Arcade Shield

Make a remote control for robotics with the Kittenbot Newbit Arcade Shield programmed in MakeCode – Twitter.

Inch Worm Robots

Educational inch worm robots with Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and MakeCode – Twitter.

Fuel Up

Fuel Up is an Asteroids-like game in MakeCode Arcade – MakeCode Arcade and Twitter.

Non-contact Doorbell

A non-contact doorbell built with micro:bit, armourbit, KOI, a battery, and some LEGO bricks, and programmed with MakeCode – Twitter.

Tutorials For The Kitronik Greenhouse

Online MakeCode Tutorials For The Kitronik Greenhouse Kit – Kitronik.


From JavaScript to (MakeCode) Block Code to a micro:bit cacophony of joy!! – Twitter.

ZIP Matrix

The ZIP Tile is an 8 x 8 display for the BBC micro:bit, featuring 64 addressable full-color LEDs. They can be connected together to form larger displays, scroll messages or display colors! Code it with MakeCode using Kitronik’s custom blocks – Twitter and Kitronik.

MakeCode in Japanese

I tried using micro:bit on my iPad for the first time … Why are only the blue NeoPixel blocks in English? – Twitter (Japanese).

MP3 Playing 90's BoomBox

MP3 Playing 90’s BoomBox with micro:bit and MakeCode – Brown Dog Gadgets.

Music Making

Using a Brown Dog Gadgets Bit Board, a micro:bit, some Maker Tape, make Music – Twitter.


I love the micro:bit and MakeCode! It’s both a very nice product and platform MakeCode. We’ve got a couple of micro:bits at home, plus this cool robot, and controller (both powered by a micro:bit) – Twitter.


DVA Learning Hub (@DvaHomeschool) writes: “Thank you Microsoft Education for the Microsoft Teams MakeCode Arcade Clicker Game Tutorial! Our students enjoyed learning about block-based coding. We’re rating the training ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for hosts Kathryn and Candi!” – Twitter.

#ICYDNCI What was the most popular, most clicked link, in last month’s newsletter? MakeCode for the micro:bit – 2021 Release is here!.

New Extensions!

MonkMakes 7-segment display

MonkMakes Extension for their 7-segment display – GitHub 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


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.



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.

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