Coding

#Minecraft Code Camp – Day 1

Well today was day 1 at Minecraft Code club at my kid’s school. I was lucky enough to have a parent council that was crazy enough to listen to my grand design for how I would teach kids coding by looking at Minecraft Plugins. Even crazier, I was going to do this over lunch in three 35 minute sessions.

And I wasn’t going to teach coding by using scratch or any other graphical coding language. Nope. Straight into Java. And DOS commands, did I mention the DOS commands?

And then just for shits and giggles I was going to do in on Windows 8 laptops.

Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment.

Day One

Today was day one. I was going to introduce the concepts of a server, a computer program and look at a plugin to build a house. I had 21 Grade 4 kids in a library with 7 laptops.

It was fabulous.

The kids had all the energy and passion I would have expected. But I didn’t expect the questions on:

  • Can I show them how to do this at home?
  • Can I help them build their own server?
  • Can I help them build the Taj Mahal? (From a Minecraft book) Yes some of them even came prepared with reference material!

We even encountered a bug. Or a glitch as they called it. And they loved every second of it.

I must admit, so did I. Through them I relived the first time in my basement when I typed my first Basic program into my Vic 20. I fell in love. For a kid who couldn’t control much, I could create worlds. Everything was at my fingertips. Suddenly I didn’t feel so small and helpless. I could accomplish anything. Coding and Goaltending gave me the confidence to do anything.

It’s that feeling I want to instill in a few of the boys and girls. Through these lunch time programs we can show what is possible and how to create worlds. Maybe, just maybe, we can create some sparks in a few that will generate a love for coding. Now that would be cool.

Now where did I put that torch?

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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