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 has worked for Protegra for 14+ years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why

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