Mercury and Venus

Mercury and Venus

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Computer Science



Block 2: Lesson 2. Reinforcing Loops and Conditionals

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June 24, 2020


  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • 1A-AP-12: Develop plans that describe a sequence of events, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • 1B-AP-10: Create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals.
  • 1B-AP-11: Decompose (break down) problems into smaller, manageable subproblems to facilitate the program development process.

Guiding Ideas

• Follow coding instructions to solve puzzles without usual visual Minecraft support

• Reinforce the use of operators

• Reinforce using conditionals and while loops

• Combine using AGENT DETECT and AGENT INSPECT blocks

Using the skills introduced to in Lesson 1, students need to utilize the Agent to collect samples from Mercury and Venus using the While Loop, Agent Inspect, Agent Detect, and the If/Else Conditional.


Student Activities

Activity 1: Mercury, Finding a Crater

Activity 2: Mercury, Locating a Sample

Activity 3: Venus, Finding the Surface

Activity 4: Venus, Helping the Agent

Activity 5: Bonus! Virtual Gathering

Performance Expectations

Please review the Educator Guide for the performance expectations.


  • Critical Thinking