MakeCode @ISTE 2018

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School’s out, the sun is shining… who’s ready to do some coding at a conference?!! Woo-hoo!!!

The MakeCode team is heading out to the Windy City (Chicago) at the end of June, and we couldn’t be more excited 😊

We’ve got some nice sessions lined up and would love to see you there!

ISTE CS Firehose pre-conference

Session details and pre-registration: CS Firehose 2018

Saturday, June 23, McCormick Place West Room 183C

1:30pm - 2:20pm : MakeCode for the Micro:bit

Hal Speed from the Micro:bit Foundation and Douglas & Mary Kiang authors of the Intro to CS Micro:bit curriculum will be giving an overview of the micro:bit, why it’s been so successful at engaging students in CS, showcasing some sample student projects, and going through a hands-on workshop.

micro:bit with croc clips

2:25pm - 3:15pm : MakeCode for Minecraft

Douglas & Mary Kiang, both Minecraft Mentors and authors of the Intro to CS Minecraft curriculum, will be talking about why Minecraft is such a powerful and engaging teaching and learning platform, and leading you through some hands-on coding challenges to make pigs bounce and cows fly through code!

Coding the agent actions

3:20pm - 4:10pm : MakeCode Arcade Beta feedback session

Sneak a peek of Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Beta – a brand new retro 1980’s game development platform. We’ll get hands-on developing simple 2D sprite-based games in both blocks and JavaScript. Then we’ll spend time discussing the experience, capabilities, and API’s of the platform. Come join the discussion and provide your input and expertise to help us design this new MakeCode solution!

Preview of MakeCode Arcade

Microsoft Hands-on Learning Room

McCormick Place West 185A

We’ll be running ongoing one-hour hands-on workshops in the Microsoft HOL room throughout the conference. You’ll get to code games, design colored light displays, and make robots dance. Walk away with curriculum and projects you can implement in your classroom. Come drop in for a session or two – we promise it will be fun! No prior experience required.


Monday, June 25

11:30 am MakeCode for the micro:bit
12:30 pm MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express
1:30 pm MakeCode for Cue

Tuesday, June 26

3:00 pm MakeCode for the micro:bit
4:00 pm MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express

Wednesday, June 27

11:30 am MakeCode for Cue
12:30 pm MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express
1:30 pm MakeCode for the micro:bit

micro:bit man NeoPixels and CPX Wonder Workshop Cue robot

Other sessions

You’ll certainly want to get in on these other awesome sessions too:

Monday, June 25

McCormick Place West 196A

3:00 - 4:00 pm The Coding Continuum: Creating with Micro:bit

Tuesday June 26

Hyatt Regency Field

10:00 - 11:30 am Experience Robotics and Coding with MakeCode and LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3

Hyatt Regency Grant A

10:45 - 12:15 pm Hands-on Making and Coding with Micro:bit

If you’re going to ISTE, we hope to see you there! If you’re not, then follow the action over at @MSMakeCode and enjoy the sunshine!

– The MakeCode Team

PS – Next, we’re headed to Omaha for CSTA 2018 so maybe we’ll catch there too!