Found primarily in Minecraft: Education Edition (although it can also be found in Bedrock-based platforms), the Agent is a robotic mob that helps players learn to code in a visual programming language.
With no AI by default, the Agent is a blank slate that allows Minecraft players and educators to program it to perform various basic tasks.
He can plant and harvest crops, build structures, chop down trees, and mine resources to name a few. It even has its own inventory that players can use as storage if needed.
Minecraft: How is the Agent used?
In Minecraft: Education Edition, a companion program is used to interface with the agent known as Code Connection. This program allows players to interface directly with Agent code using a visual programming language that allows them to drag and drop commands to be performed by the crowd.
Regardless of the complexity of syntax in programming languages, the Code Connection editor is a great way for instructors to show how code is structured. It also provides a fun and interactive crowd that shows the code entered by players in real time.
The agent also interacts somewhat oddly with certain objects in a Minecraft world, able to push pressure plates but unable to use things like buttons or doors. Despite this, agents in Minecraft have a wide range of abilities, including:
- Destroy blocks and other objects
- Remove items from your inventory
- Detect entities or redstone
- Teleport to a player
- Plow fields and plant / harvest crops
- Place blocks for construction
- Collect resources such as ores, cobblestones or lumber
All these functions are provided by the Code Connection editor, which is also of considerable use. Users can use various code editors within Code Connection, such as Microsoft MakeCode, Tynker, or Code.org to program their agents and modify their command lines.
When returning to Minecraft: Education Edition, Agent and Code Connection even provide a basic tutorial that will educate players on how to use code editors and program the mob for basic tasks.
Typing line-by-line code and running scripts is an arduous way to learn programming basics, but Minecraft: Education Edition offers an intuitive and fun way to learn these fundamental functions without the hassle of a textbook or tutorial. Standard Visual Basic programs like Python.