Announcing Summer 2019 Hockaday Camp Registration

Minecraft U is happy to announce that registration is now open for our summer 2019 camps at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. You can find more information here.

Our summer camps are the focal point of our year, and every year we enjoy teaching hundreds of kids about the joys of programming. Our camps are for ages 6-18 and cover everything from basic computer literacy to Java programming.

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Levels 1-6 are offered at every camp time slot:

Level 1: Basic Computer Skills with Minecraft

Learn how to use a previous experience required! You might be able to make an iPad sing, but it's time to learn how to use a keyboard and mouse. You also might be brand-new to Minecraft or need to level up your Minecraft skills from the Pocket Edition to the "proper" PC version.

Level 2: Basic Problem Solving with Minecraft

Learn the basics of survival in the Minecraft world, from fending off starvation to defending against skeletons. Overcome the challenges that Minecraft has to offer, and have fun doing it.

Level 3: Engineering with Redstone

Learn the basics of electricity and logic, with in-game and real-world applications. We’ll go over digital circuits, like those found in smartphones and tablets, and how to use them in the Minecraft world to build some awesome contraptions.

Level 4: ComputerCraft

Use the Minecraft mod ComputerCraft to learn the basics of programming and then apply those skills via your own in-game robots. These robots can do anything, from build you a house to find and mine diamonds for you. The only limit is your ability to direct them.

Level 5: Java and Modding Minecraft

Learn the basics of Java, the most common programming language in the world, and use them to create your own modification of Minecraft. Add any item of your design to the game, expanding Minecraft in whatever direction you desire.

Level 6: Independent Study in Programming and Software Development

Expand your Java modding abilities, or learn a new language and build websites. We'll point you in the right direction, provide the material, and help you along the way.

For more information on Level 7, search for "Brainstorming with Minecraft" on this page in the Hockaday camp directory.

Level 7: Brainstorming with Minecraft

Brainstorming with Minecraft is all about how to create ideas and put them to work with technology. We will use Minecraft as our brainstorming playground because it is friendly and easy to use, but still sophisticated enough to use as an exploratory launching pad for these concepts. Over the course of the camp, students will learn about worldbuilding, product design, and work management. Students will practice a design sprint, prototyping, user testing, iteration, and Kanban—all tools and methods that real software teams use to create the products you use every day.

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A 4-year-old's Adventures in Minecraft

My son Milo, who will be 5 in May, has been playing Minecraft on a PC since about the time he turned 4. He started with just exploring a new world in creative mode, and I would build some things for him to use. I built a spawner that produced passive creepers that he enjoyed shooting with a bow and arrow.

But things really turned a corner when I downloaded the world from Minecraft U's creative server and let him play that map. Suddenly the potential of the game was revealed to him, and he explored the map excitedly and thoroughly.

Finally, when both he and his 7-year-old sister wanted to play together, I let him get on the creative server itself. With admonishments to not break any blocks, his joy was multiplied to be able to play together with his sister on the same map. And his skills increased rapidly. I noticed his precision improved. He built some things modeled after other builds on the server. He could navigate different areas more easily.

This past weekend they asked to be put into survival mode. He's not ready to fight zombies, creepers and skeletons yet, but he's ready to make his own way without an infinite supply of blocks in his inventory. He's got the bug. 😂

— Daniel Miller, co-founder, Minecraft U

By the way, if you have young children playing Minecraft on the PC, I recommend getting a portable laptop mouse for them. It fits their hands much better than a standard-sized mouse. We have two Logitech M187 mice for this purpose.

Links of Interest

Minetest is basically an open-source Minecraft. It has a lot of potential as an engine for many different kinds of games and as a powerful tool for game developers.

The Javascript Way is an open-source book for beginners.

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Minecraft Mods for Powering Learning

A Family Guide and FAQ to Minecraft

10 Best Minecraft Servers for Kids and Why ...or you can join one of our two servers...

Until next time... 👋

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