Python Fundamentals Through Minecraft
Prerequisites: At least 12 years old and has completed Primary 6 in the local school system or Year 6 in the international school system. No prior experience with programming or Minecraft is needed for this course.
Please note that the focus of this course is to teach fundamental Python programming concepts through Minecraft as an example, and not to use Python to enhance gameplay in Minecraft.
This first course of our Principles of Code sequence introduces our Code Campers to the vocabulary and grammar of coding in the Python language - the fundamental concepts that they must master before moving on to build computer programs that solve practical problems or create real-world apps. With a full-feature language like Python, what Code Campers can do is limited only by their imagination as mobile, web development, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, financial engineering and bioinformatics are well within reach of the savvy Python programmer.
To help familiarise Code Campers with the basics of programming in the Pythonic context, we have chosen to elucidate these concepts through Minecraft – one of the most iconic, beloved and dare we say, educational (so declares the New York Times) video games of our time.
“Coding” is synonymous with “programming”. It refers to the art of writing computer code, which are instructions that a computer can follow to solve problems. Practically every facet of technology that we encounter in our daily lives - from online banking systems to video games on our iPhone, from the GPS systems we rely on navigation to the security systems that protect our homes and offices, is created from code.
Python is one of the world's most popular languages (consistently ranked within the Top 10 in recent years by Tiobe ) that is known for its learner-friendly syntax, versatility and ubiquity in the workplace. It is also a language that most of our instructors have had the pleasure of using in the workplace. In addition, students and parents might be interested to know that Computing will be available as an examinable subject for the Singapore "O" levels beginning in 2017 and Python will be the language taught in the curriculum.