MakeCraft: Engineering & Redstone Construction with Minecraft
R690 – R750
1 day / 7 – 8 hours
2 – 5
Minecraft is a world where your ideas can become reality. You can create towering sky-bridges stretching from one side of an ocean to another – anything is possible! In this Think Camp, students learn to harness their passion, and create planned, purposeful and exciting builds.
In MakeCraft, we explore building creations out of blocks in real life, and then recreating them in the digital realm of Minecraft. We learn to imagine objects in 3D and manipulate them in our minds. We work with detailed plans and like a digital architect, bring them to life.
We then go on to working with Redstone, the Minecraft equivalent of electricity. Discovering the many uses and properties of Redstone, we are soon able to harness its power to craft some awesome contraptions. From fearsome roller coasters to TNT-cannons, from flying machines to traps and trampolines, we become electrical and mechanical engineers designing and creating.
What students will learn
- 3D Modeling – planning and then building 3-dimensional Minecraft structures according to a predetermined specification.
- Spatial Awareness – an understanding of different points of view, depth, height, length and scale.
- Redstone Engineering – properties of Redstone and how it can be harnessed for both simple uses and in more complex contraptions.
What Students Take Home
- A signed Think Camp certificate
- New tech skills
- New approaches to problem solving
What Camp Includes
- Two passionate, professional instructors per camp
- Small class sizes (16 – 24 students)
- 1 computer per student
- Friendly, supportive environment
- Outdoor breaks and activities
- No prior Minecraft experience is required but basic IT skills are recommended
- Must be be in Grade 2 – 5 and should be able to cope at academic grade level
- Please bring own lunch and snacks
About the day
Drop Off: Rolling drop-off occurs from 7:30am to 8:00am. Students who arrive during this time can explore “unplugged” games and activities.
Day Start: At 8:00am sharp the day starts with a bang. Introductions are made and an overview of the day is given.
Core Learning Periods: Four core learning periods, each between one and two hours, make up the bulk of the day. Short whole group instruction periods are followed by carefully constructed challenges, projects and competitions – depending on the nature of the camp.
Breaks: Two outdoor break periods are held at 10:00am and 12:15pm.
Off screen learning: Screen-time is interspersed with short group activities which promote critical thinking and teamwork.
End of the day: At 3:00pm all parents are encouraged to attend the certificate ceremony. The instructors give a short presentation of the day and certificates are handed out. Thereafter, students have time to show their parents the awesome work they have done. At 3:30pm, the camp officially draws to a close and all students must be collected.