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Black Girls Code Virtual Summer Camps
Black Girls CODE is excited to announce their virtual Summer Camps in 2020, to be held from July 6 - July 31, 2020.
They state: “We made the difficult decision to cancel the popular Black Girls CODE in-person summer camp season and quickly went to work to create an exciting schedule of virtual camp experiences.”
More information - Black Girls Code.
Cori Murray provides a testimonial: “Thank you Black Girls Code for my little one’s class this morning. She’s very proud of the game she made. Check out what I made with MakeCode! - Twitter.
The Microsoft Build conference talk: Inspiring Next Gen Coders with MakeCode - Microsoft.
Microsoft and GitHub announce that they are making online integrated development environments (IDEs) such that students can get right to work in a web browser, avoiding software conflicts that might happen with code installs on their local machines.
Code on a laptop or with a tablet—students won’t be slowed down by their devices. Students can get started quickly in the same coding environment, so educators may teach instead of troubleshooting.
Currently integration includes MakeCode Arcade - GitHub.
Displaying your students MakeCode in OneNote has never been easier. Learn how to take coding from Minecraft and embed it into your OneNote - Twitter and YouTube.
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.
Code your own game with Davon Godchaux of the Miami Dolphins - Mixer.
MakeCode in the Kitchen series from Microsoft for kids at home - Mixer - last week and YouTube Playlist.
MakeCode Live with John Park series - YouTube Playlist.
Use lists to clear sprites in this Animal Crossing DIY recipe book proof of concept - YouTube.
Check out all the MakeCode minute videos on YouTube.
MakeCode Arcade Game of the Week!
Catch the Apple by Sirbull is a punny crab + apple catching game! YouTube
Check out all the MakeCode Arcade game of the week videos on YouTube.
News from around the web!
Using Bluetooth to talk between a micro:bit and CLUE board in MakeCode and CircuitPython respectively - Twitter, CircuitPython Code and MakeCode.
Waris Candra posts: “Starting our “new normal (with distancing/masks/sanitizer, et cetera). Feeling Energised with micro:bit, code.org, and MakeCode on a thunderstorm/Red Rain & Alert Saturday 9.30am! Amazing commitment from parents and students!” - Twitter.
Getting a Circuit Playground Express from Adafruit for my 10 year olds birthday. Within 5 minutes of him opening it (he was) using MakeCode to create his own program! “I made that! It’s really easy for coding actually.” - Twitter.
Ivan posts: “Thinking outside the box in MakeCode for micro:bit. My son is too young for MakeCode so I made him this simple coding project. Unicode emoji characters are an excellent way to simplify content for younger audiences” - Twitter.
A retro TV MakeCode Arcade machine using a Raspberry Pi Zero - hackster.io.
Make your own programmable processor (CPU) with a micro:bit and MakeCode - BlogMyWiki.
#ICYDNCI What was the most popular, most clicked link, in last month’s newsletter? Careers at Microsoft.
Microsoft is hiring for the MakeCode Team
Microsoft is a major employer and recently announced they have openings in the MakeCode Team. See their Job Listings for the positions open - Twitter.
Beta testing helps us improve micro:bit by trying out new software before it’s more widely released. Become a micro:bit beta tester and try out the latest MakeCode before it’s released - Twitter and microbit.
Guides using MakeCode
Check out all the MakeCode guides on learn.adafruit.com.
GameGo - a handheld console with which one can code their own games with MakeCode - TinkerGen.
Brown Dog Gadgets announces “Another test of our prototype Crazy Circuits micro:bit board. We built a relay into it for controlling simple DC motors and objects. You might say we’re big fans of relays.” - 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?
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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