Minecraft 101: Minecraft Modding with MakeCode

Minecraft is a sandbox video game where players navigate a 3D computer generated world. It is open ended where players pursue a variety of goals such as exploration, building, combat, and survival. Originally created by the game programmer Markus Persson, Minecraft was developed into an elaborate gameplay system by the Swedish company Mojang. Mojang was later acquired by Microsoft in 2014 which helped create new versions such as Minecraft: Education Edition (for students, teachers, and schools) and new visual programming extensions such as Microsoft MakeCode (to program Minecraft). In this course, we will use MakeCode to write Minecraft mods and alter the behavior of Minecraft in fun and interesting ways.

What you need to know

Students are expected to know how to construct and navigate Minecraft worlds.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you would have mastered:
  • The MakeCode visual programming environment
  • Walking and flying programmatically
  • Modifying the weather
  • Minecraft’s 3D coordinate system
  • Planting and building structures
  • Constructing towers and pyramids
  • Spawning entities programmatically
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System Requirements

Minecraft software is constantly updated and stay tuned to this page for any version restrictions and requirements. This course requires a Minecraft version compatible with Microsoft’s MakeCode visual programming environment and with Microsoft Code Connection (that interfaces between Minecraft and MakeCode). For this purpose, we recommend the use of Minecraft for Windows 10 (paid version) or Minecraft: Education Edition. Once Minecraft is installed, Code Connection (and MakeCode) is freely available for download. All necessary instructions and video tutorials are included in the course. A desktop or laptop running Windows 10 (or later) is recommended. A web browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox is recommended for downloads.

Course Curriculum

Lesson 1: Installing Minecraft and Code Connection
1.1 Install Minecraft 00:00:00
1.2 Install CodeConnection 00:00:00
1.3 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 2: Making Minecraft and Code Connection Talk to Each Other
2.1 Introduction 00:00:00
2.2 Launch Minecraft and Create New World 00:00:00
2.3 Launch Code Connection and Connect to Minecraft 00:00:00
Lesson 3: How Code Connection Works
3.1 Introduction 00:00:00
3.2 Create Minecraft World 00:00:00
3.3 Launch Code Connection 00:00:00
3.4 Launch MakeCode 00:00:00
3.5 Create New Project 00:00:00
3.6 MakeCode Blocks 00:00:00
3.7 Connect MakeCode Blocks 00:00:00
3.8 Delete MakeCode Blocks 00:00:00
3.9 View Javascript Code 00:00:00
3.10 Name Your Project 00:00:00
3.11 Simulator Buttons 00:00:00
3.12 Help 00:00:00
3.13 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 4: Event Based Programming
4.1 Introduction 00:00:00
4.2 Events in Real Life 00:00:00
4.3 Events in Minecraft 00:00:00
4.4 Event Blocks in Makecode 00:00:00
4.5 Event Based Programming 00:00:00
4.6 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 5: Chatting
5.1 Introduction 00:00:00
5.2 Create New Minecraft World 00:00:00
5.3 Connect Minecraft and Code Connection 00:00:00
5.4 Create First Mod 00:00:00
5.5 Make More Commands 00:00:00
5.6 Duplicate a Block 00:00:00
5.7 How to Get Help 00:00:00
5.8 How to Delete Blocks 00:00:00
5.9 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 6: Changing the Weather
6.1 Introduction 00:00:00
6.2 Launch Minecraft and MakeCode 00:00:00
6.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
6.4 Create Command #1 (Clear Weather) 00:00:00
6.5 Check it out 00:00:00
6.6 Create Command #2 (Make Rain) 00:00:00
6.7 Check it out 00:00:00
6.8 Create Command #3 (Make Thunder) 00:00:00
6.9 Check it out 00:00:00
6.10 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 7: Walking and Flying
7.1 Introduction 00:00:00
7.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
7.3 Create a Mod for Walking 00:00:00
7.4 Check it out 00:00:00
7.5 Create a Mod for Flying 00:00:00
7.6 Check it out 00:00:00
7.7 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 8: Introduction to XYZ Coordinates
8.1 Introduction 00:00:00
8.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
8.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
8.4 Teleport Steve 00:00:00
8.5 Check it out 00:00:00
8.6 Place a Torch while Walking 00:00:00
8.7 Check it out 00:00:00
8.8 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 9: Closer Look at XYZ Coordinates
9.1 Introduction 00:00:00
9.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
9.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
9.4 Place Flowers 00:00:00
9.5 Place a Flower to the Right 00:00:00
9.6 Place a Flower to the Left 00:00:00
9.7 Check it out 00:00:00
9.8 The Y-coordinate 00:00:00
9.9 Check it out 00:00:00
9.10 The Z-Coordinate 00:00:00
9.11 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 10: Building a Tower
10.1 Introduction 00:00:00
10.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
10.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
10.4 Place the 1st Block 00:00:00
10.5 Move Steve Up 00:00:00
10.6 Place the 2nd Block 00:00:00
10.7 Move Steve Up 00:00:00
10.8 Place 3rd Block 00:00:00
10.9 Loops in Makecode 00:00:00
10.10 Check it out 00:00:00
10.11 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 11: Building a Fence
11.1 Introduction 00:00:00
11.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
11.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
11.4 Get the Fence Block 00:00:00
11.5 Place the Fence Block 00:00:00
11.6 Move Steve to the Side 00:00:00
11.7 Place the 2nd Fence Block 00:00:00
11.8 Check it out 00:00:00
11.9 Move Steve to the Right 00:00:00
11.10 Place the 3rd Fence Block 00:00:00
11.11 Loops 00:00:00
11.12 Check it out 00:00:00
11.13 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 12: Building Shapes and Sculpture
12.1 Introduction 00:00:00
12.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
12.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
12.4 Build a Carpet 00:00:00
12.5 Carpet Position (Z) 00:00:00
12.6 Carpet Position (X) 00:00:00
12.7 Checkout the Carpet 00:00:00
12.8 Make Carpet Longer 00:00:00
12.9 Make a Circle of Daisies 00:00:00
12.10 The Circle Block 00:00:00
12.11 Check it out 00:00:00
12.12 Make a Bigger Circle 00:00:00
12.13 Build a Sculpture 00:00:00
12.14 Check it out 00:00:00
12.15 Lesson Recap 00:00:00
Lesson 13: Blowing up TNT
13.1 Introduction 00:00:00
13.2 Launch Minecraft and Makecode 00:00:00
13.3 Create the Mod 00:00:00
13.4 Make a Ball of TNT 00:00:00
13.5 Place TNT Ball in front of Steve 00:00:00
13.6 Move TNT Ball Up 00:00:00
13.7 Make a Ball of Fire 00:00:00
13.8 Check it out 00:00:00
13.9 Lesson Recap 00:00:00

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