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At Science Gallery we had a group of seven very enthusiastic children who made mods to Minecraft Java code, starting with tutorials on youTube. They helped each other with tasks like installing Eclipse and decompiling the Java.

The program was WAY bigger than anything they had looked at before, so a lot of it was about learning to find their way around. "Where is the constant that controls the size of a TNT explosion?". They got as far as new crafting recipes and duplicating and very slight change of an entity - a new kind of cow in Minecraft. They wanted to go much further, but did not have the maths skills they would have needed, and that was too high a cliff to climb at that time.


The Scriptcraft javascript control of Minecraft is a more inclusive way of using minecraft for coding.