If you’ve played Minecraft, you love Minecraft. It’s like digital LEGO. And like the Danish bricks, Minecraft can take you from just playing with virtual blocks all they way up to designing and programming the most amazing things.
So how much fun would it be to be able to go to Minecraft camp and learn how to do it?
Our returning sponsor is Connected Camps, and they’re putting on a Summer of Minecraft camp that sounds like a huge blast. Some of the key elements include:
- Problem solving and design
- Advanced building techniques
- Online and web literacy
- Collaboration and community organizing
- Digital citizenship
- Weekly challenges that engage players of all levels
- Guides for parents and educators
- Live streams introducing challenges and showcasing player creations
- An online forum for campers to ask questions and share
The camp is recommended for kids between 9 and 13. It runs for 4 weeks between July 6th-August 2nd, 2015, and everything happens on private, moderated servers with camp counselors online to ensure a safe, moderated multiplayer environment. Here’s what kids can expect just in the first week of camp:
Settling and Home Building – Players will claim their plot of land and build their home in the community. Players can complete the challenge through different pathways:
- Advanced Building – Take your builds to the next level.
- Collaborate with other players to make your creations in game look better than ever with advanced building techniques.
- Documenting and Sharing – Like what you see on the server? Learn to document your Minecraft experience with screenshots, videos, and writing to be shared on the rest of the Internet through photo albums, YouTube, and blogs.
- Creating Player Challenges. – Make this week’s challenge your own by creating your own and issuing it to other players. We’ll feature the best player created challenges in our game announcements and blogs.
On top of that, as an add-on, kids can take a one-week special programming class that will teach them how to actually code in Minecraft using the Lua programming language, running on special servers. Kids can walk away learning how to program computers and robots to perform in-game tasks for them, and learn programming concepts that can be applied to many other programming languages.
And even better, parents can participate as well! Parents can sign up in a parallel camp with its own servers, and attend seminars that will follow what the kids are doing, so everyone can learn.
The Online Kid Camp runs $150 for the 4-week camp.
The Coding Camp Add-on is $50.
The Grown-up Camp is just $25.
But here’s the special deal: