CodeCraft: Coding and Mod Creation with Minecraft

Price
R620 – R790
Camp Duration
1 day / 7 – 8 hours
Grades
4 – 6
Key Skills
  • Mod Creation
  • Visual Coding
  • Structure Algorithms

A storm of chickens? Self-assembling walls? Robots that escape mazes? Learn the fundamentals of computer programming by writing code that allows you to perform ‘magic’ in the world of Minecraft.

Camp Overview

Minecraft modifications make the game behave in completely new and interesting ways. In this Think Camp we start off by creating our own mini-mods that allow us to be superheros in our very own world – controlling the weather, spawning lightning and animals at will.

We quickly move on to harnessing our new found power to explore some more interesting coding ideas – some of us going on to create a tiny code based mini-game. We then recruit the Minecraft Agent – a robot helper who, through the use of code, can be commanded to build detailed creations for us.

This is a camp that bridges the world of Minecraft and code in the most exciting of ways.

What students will learn

  • Mod creation – learn how simple coding structures can powerfully influence a the world of Minecraft.
  • Visual coding – master coding environments comfortably with visually represented code.
  • Structure algorithms – create incredible structures using coding elements.

What Students Take Home

  • A signed Think Camp certificate
  • An understanding of coding fundamentals
  • 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

Camp Requirements

  • No prior coding experience is required, however basic IT skills are essential
  • Grade 4s & 5s with little Minecraft experience should first enroll in our MakeCraft Camp
  • Must be be in Grade 4 – 6 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.

Camp Dates and Venues

20 March
Parkview: Parktown Girls' High
18 April
Bryanston: Brescia House