Technocamps Supporting Hwb Minecraft Computer Science Progression Pathway Pilot

Luke ClementNews

Technocamps are supporting a new pilot course for a Computer Science Progression Pathway in Minecraft Education which will have Clear, Cohesive Progression from Progression Steps 2 to 5.

The pilot will be split across Progression Step 2 (Lower Primary), Progression Step 3 (Upper Primary), Progression Step 4 (Lower Secondary) and Progression Step 5 (Middle/Upper Secondary). 

Minecraft are looking for schools to be part of a pilot programme for this pathway! Numbers are limited for the pilot; we require approximately 10 schools to participate in the pilot at each Progression Step level. Ideally schools should participate in more than one Progression Step area. 

Note: schools can apply for more than one educator to undertake the professional development course and participate in the pilot.   

To be accepted to be part of the pilot an educator/school needs to have good Minecraft Education skills (this is not for complete beginners!)

The goal is to develop our learners to be Creative Coders and Content Creators by taking them on a journey from: 

a) computational thinking that introduces concepts

 b) computational thinking that builds Block-based programming

c) transition from Block-based to Python then onto

d) creating content in Python

This is part of an action research project. As such Minecraft will require you to commit to the following:

  • participate in CS Professional Development workshops in the Autumn term 2023
  • complete information and feedback forms as and when required throughout the pilot
  • use the resources with learners as directed in January 2024, to inform the pilot research 
  • keep a reflective diary on your Professional Development and learner response to resources 

The course will aim to build the knowledge and confidence of educators to deliver a coherent Computer Science curriculum to their learners, through the medium of Minecraft Education.

Register interest to be invited to be part of this exciting Minecraft pilot before Friday 13 October.

Schools who register will be informed if they have been successful to be part of the pilot by Friday 20 October.