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Best Minecraft Summer Camp for Kids

Learn To Mod In Minecraft

If your kids love Minecraft, they will love learning how to program their own mods in this CodeKids Learn To Mod course that will arm them with javascript programming skills using Minecraft Modding software. Whether they want to start by learning with blocks or by coding all on their own, they will come out prepared to advance their programming skills.

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What is Your Kid Learning this Summer?

We built this program because we are parents too, and didn’t want our kids in a summer camp where they would spend their summer days on activities that do not enhance their academics.

Curriculum

What is Modding (Minecraft Mods)

Client mods are modifications to your game files themselves. They are not custom clients, and they require modification of minecraft.jar.

Most mods add content to the game to alter gameplay, change the creative feel, or give the player more options in how they interact with the Minecraft world. Most people who create mods for Minecraft (known as modders) use Minecraft Coder Pack and either ModLoader or Minecraft Forge to do so.

What a CodeKid learns here could open up a world of possibilities!

This camp focuses on the creative side of creating mods for Minecraft! Campers will look at the various components that compose Minecraft (such as Blocks, Items, and Mobs) and how they are created. Campers will look at how they can put their own creative touches on these components by creating textures and models, how the logic of Blocks and Items can be adjusted to make interesting systems, and how the different AI components of a Mob affect its interaction with the world.

Students will also look at the event system that Minecraft uses, where actions can be triggered (such as spawning an explosion) when something else happens (such as a block being placed).

Come MOD with us (and 15 other kids…)

WHAT ARE MINECRAFT MODS?

One of the really neat things about Minecraft is that players can make their own changes to the way the game looks and behaves. This is a large part of its particular appeal and one of the reasons why it’s still incredibly popular years after its release.

There are two main ways to make these kinds of customizations, resource packs and mods. Resource packs are replacement sound and image files which make fairly simple changes to the way the game looks, like making pigs blue or adding different music. Mods on the other hand are files which alter the original programming code of the game, so they have the potential to make much bigger alterations and change the way the entire game behaves.

WHAT DO MODS DO?

There are literally thousands of mods out there, and they all do different things – some are useful (e.g. enabling players to better manage their inventory), some are educational (e.g. replicating ancient worlds) and some are just plain ol’ fun (e.g. adding dinosaurs or letting players create enormous explosions).

Some examples of things that mods can do:

  • Add new blocks, items or mobs (animals and creatures)
  • Change the way blocks, items or mobs look
  • Give players new abilities
  • Give players more control over the game
  • Modify or add new landscapes and terrain
  • Add new options for things like speed or graphics
  • Fix bugs that Mojang haven’t gotten around to fixing yet.

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS KNOW ABOUT MODS?

A really important thing to be aware of is that mods are created by other players and not by Mojang (the makers of Minecraft), so they’re not an official part of the product. This means that if something goes wrong, you won’t be able to get support or help from Mojang.

Here are some other quick things that parents should be aware of:

  • Mods can only be applied to the computer version (not console or PE)
  • They’re a fun but not essential part of the game
  • They’re made to work on a specific version of Minecraft – you may not be able to run the latest update with mods which are incompatible
  • Any mod has the potential to cause problems – they can cause the game to crash, delete worlds or data, corrupt game files or contain viruses
  • They’re not necessarily created with kids in mind (and are not rated), so may contain inappropriate content
  • While they usually come with instructions, there are no standards and they may come with limited or no documentation at all
  • Mods can conflict with each other so read instructions carefully before installing

None of these things need to scare you away from using them, but being prepared will greatly reduce the likelihood that you’ll run into trouble.

Minecraft coding camp for kids
Minecraft coding camp for kids

Top Skills Gained Through Activities

You kid will learn valuable skills as they write code in Python, PHP, HTML, JAVASCRIPT and participate in team building lessons.

Fun & Educational

We built this program because we are parents too, and didn’t want our kids in a summer camp where they would spend their summer days on activities that would not enhance their academics, or worse let them forget what they learned all year at school.

Real Learning

We provide personalized instruction & hands-on learning. Not a daycare or pass the time type of camp, our camps are an immersion into coding and computer programing, with online and offline logic-based activities all day long. Our instructor to camper ratio is one of the highest in the industry at 1:5 (One instructor to every Five campers).

Value

Our camp rates are 60% to 70% less than other comparable coding camps like “ID-Tech” (published rates of $899 – $969 p/week). Our curriculum includes the very popular Minecraft Learn-to-Mod coding course as well as several licensed and proven coding platforms to engage any camper at any skill level.

An Investment in Your Child’s Future.

Education should prepare young people for jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems of which we are not yet aware.

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