If you're in North Texas, it's that time of year to start thinking about Minecraft U camps at Hockaday (if you haven't already).
We're working on updating our curriculum, with new material for all our camps as well as a new beginner camp for kids with no computer experience.
Take a look at the summer catalog. Then go register for as many as possible. (A particularly good strategy is to sign up for one of the outdoor activity camps (biking, climbing, etc.) in the morning, followed by Minecraft in the afternoon. That way they come to us chilled out and focused.) :)
What's up with the website?
The Minecraft U website is currently in an in-between state. We've taken down new sign-ups, but the server is still up if you have already been whitelisted (and if you're receiving this email there is a very good chance you have been). (We did recently turn on mobs on the server, so if you haven't been on lately and do jump back in, beware!) We'll reset the server before the summer camps as well as introduce a creative-only server for the younger kids.
...Any questions about any of this, feel free to email me.
Keep crafting and coding,
-- Daniel Miller
PS: Lately I've been playing the Life in the Woods modpack. Life in the Woods is all about survival, exploration, and beauty; there are still dangers to face but the focus is on creation, personal expression, discovery and shaping the world around you. The mods in the pack allow for many more agrarian options, with 100's (the wiki lists 337) of new food recipes. It might appeal to some of our more thoughtful, patient players; or at least those with ambitions of running an artisanal vegetarian bistro. :)
...or maybe just a donut shop: