Friday, February 28, 2014

Computers Galore

The video game programmer club is a group of talented students. They now know basic logic and construction of video games, so the next logical step in our Minecraft journey was to experiment with the ComputerCraft mod this week.  I loaded it on the computers and they noticed it right away.   They were given 20 minutes to create a simple shelter. Then, armed with my own computer science background and some great tutorial videos of ComputerCraft, the kids learned a bit about early computer operation, good old DOS, and how to craft computers, disk drives, and diskettes.  You could feel the excitement in the room.  The task was to create the famous "Hello World" program as all good programmers do for their first task in a language.  They finished and some went on to modify the startup program to specify a welcome message when the computer booted up.  Not bad for an hour of work.  


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