PlayCraft: Game & Level Design in Minecraft
R620 – R790
1 day / 7 – 8 hours
3 – 6
Command Block Coding
Game Design Theory
We all know our favourite Minecraft mini-games: Cakewars, Capture the Flag, Maze escape, Parkour, Find the Button and so many more. Finally, in PlayCraft we become our own game architects as we learn the skills necessary to make our very own simple game.
In PlayCraft we dissect some of our favourite games, discovering the building styles and game dynamics that make them so fun to play. We then apply what we have learned to our own game designs, creating miniature masterpieces and challenging our fellow students to test them out.
At the end of the day, we will show our creations to our parents and guardians, putting them to the test (and perhaps giving them some clues to help them save face).
What students will learn
- Game Design Theory – the overarching principals that make for exciting game development.
- Level Design Basics – the skills and techniques behind building elegant and entertaining game levels.
- Command Block Coding – how Command Blocks can be used in Minecraft to make our games more professional.
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
- Basic IT skills are essential
- Students in grade 3, 4 and 5 with little Minecraft experience are encouraged to first enrol in our MakeCraft Think Camp
- Must be be in Grade 3 – 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.