Computer Science Education Week 2021

Posted on November 8th, 2021 by Jaqster

Computer Science Education Week is coming up December 6th - 12th. This is an annual event to raise the visibility of computer science in education, and to inspire teachers and students to complete an “Hour of Code” during this week.

For those of you already thinking about planning activities for CS Ed Week, here are some fun ideas using MakeCode!

MakeCode Arcade

The theme for this year’s CS Ed Week is “CS is Everywhere” – highlighting how technology and computer science are helping us solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

The 2021 MakeCode Arcade activity focuses on the impact that computing can have in saving the environment – and specifically how computers and technology can help combat forest fires. The Save the Forest! activity guides students through creating a game that will start and spread a forest fire, and then code their airtanker plane to spray water to put out the flames.

Forest fire game

There’s also an Educator Guide which gives more information and guidance on how to run this activity in the classroom.

MakeCode Arcade Game Jam

There’s nothing like a bit of competition to inspire people to code! In partnership with the US Department of State, we are running the first ever Global MakeCode Arcade Game Jam in December where students globally are invited to participate and show off the games they build using MakeCode Arcade. The competition starts on November 29th when the theme of the game jam is announced. Submissions are due by December 17th when we’ll feature some of the best games submitted!

Game Jam banner

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MakeCode in Minecraft

Minecraft: Education Edition is hosting another free coding world for anyone to download and play – you don’t need to buy a license or have an Office 365 account!

HoC 2021 splash banner

This year’s Hour of Code experience is called “TimeCraft” where your player will travel back in time to fix Time Splits (mysterious errors in history) with the help of your Time Agent! There are 10 different coding challenges to fix these time splits. In one of the challenges, the player goes back in time to help save Jazz in the 1920’s. In another, the player helps to change the Pyramids in Egypt from square shapes back into triangles!

HoC 2021 Minecraft jazz musician

Head over to to download the game.

MakeCode for micro:bit

If you have micro:bits in the classroom, there are many fun introductory projects that will light up imaginations and creativity through physical computing. One of the most popular projects is the micro:pet where students will make and code their very own electronic pet!

micropet ladybug project

If you have questions, or would like to participate in the MakeCode community, please join the Forum or follow us on social @MSMakeCode.

Happy Making and Coding!

The MakeCode Team