Cairns Libraries held a Minecraft Hour of Code session at the Edmonton library as part of their Samsung STEM engagement program on Tuesday 20th February, and State Library of Queensland staff supported the event.
In partnership with Headspace Cairns and Cairns Minecraft, the program runs across the region until 19th June, teaching kids aged 8-15 years block coding using the code.org Hour of Code Minecraft lessons. The kids move characters from within the Minecraft world (Steve or Alex) around the play space completing a task. Each lesson is progressively challenging with tasks including shearing sheep, building houses, mining ore and of course dodging creepers.
Afterwards, the kids log into and explore the Cairns Minecraft server which is a project where players contribute to the construction of a virtual representation of Cairns. Currently most of the CBD is built including the Jelly Babies out the front of the Centre of Contemporary Arts on Abbott Street.
For more information, contact Cairns Libraries on 07 4044 3720 or visit their Facebook page.
About the author: James Collins is Program Officer, Programs and Engagement, State Library of Queensland.