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BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft

BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft

BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft merges three exciting realms: Platformers & Adventure Games, Story-Based Games, and Competitive Games.

This comprehensive course invites you to unlock Minecraft's coding potential, crafting everything from interactive quests and historical adventures to intense competitive challenges. Master conditionals, command blocks, Redstone mechanics, and scripting to bring your creations to life. Whether building immersive story-driven worlds, exploring ancient civilizations, or designing arenas for competition, this journey enhances your creativity, coding skills, and game design expertise in Minecraft's limitless universe.

 

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  • About BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft

    BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft is designed in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), ensuring a comprehensive and balanced approach to STEM education. This course invites young learners to explore the world of game design through engaging, hands-on activities that blend creativity, coding, and Minecraft gameplay.

    Our curriculum seamlessly integrates STEM principles with English Language Arts (ELA) crossovers, fostering both scientific inquiry and literacy skills. By exploring coding concepts through Minecraft, students enhance their technical abilities while developing problem-solving and communication skills. Each lesson is thoughtfully structured to include a mix of coding exercises and interactive projects, promoting a balance between theoretical learning and practical application.

  • Focus Areas

    Platformers & Adventure Games: Students will learn to design interactive quests, code gameplay mechanics, and craft their own virtual worlds using conditionals, command blocks, and Redstone. This focus area unlocks creativity and coding skills, allowing students to bring their imaginative adventure maps to life.

    Story-Based Games: Merge history with game design! Students will build ancient wonders and craft story-based games, learning coding and game design principles that breathe life into historical narratives within Minecraft. This focus area combines digital architecture and storytelling, providing a creative avenue to experience history and coding.

    Competitive Games: Students will master the intricacies of coding, Redstone, and command blocks to create thrilling competitive adventure maps. This focus area emphasizes technical skill development and creative expression, transforming players into creators of captivating digital competitions.

  • Enhance Analytical Skills

    Students will develop logical thinking and problem-solving abilities by using command blocks and Redstone in Minecraft. They'll learn to deconstruct complex tasks, design effective systems, and troubleshoot issues, thereby boosting their analytical and critical thinking capabilities.

  • Foster Creativity

    Students will utilize Minecraft's command blocks and Redstone as a creative outlet to bring their imaginative ideas to life. This objective aims to encourage the design of unique mechanisms, automated systems, and interactive elements, promoting innovation and creativity.

  • Build Computational Thinking

    Students will acquire fundamental programming knowledge by coding with command blocks and Redstone. They'll grasp important concepts such as conditionals, loops, and events, fostering computational thinking skills that involve problem analysis, solution planning, and execution.

Sample Lessons

These lessons offer a glimpse into the vibrant and dynamic world of BlockCraft Coders, where students design engaging games that foster creativity, coding expertise, and problem-solving skills. By diving into Minecraft's rich environment, students unlock their potential to create interactive quests, build historical structures, and craft competitive arenas, transforming their ideas into immersive gameplay experiences.

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Crafting Your First Adventure Map

Kick off your Minecraft journey by crafting your first adventure map! In this lesson, students will learn the basics of game design, coding with command blocks, and using Redstone to create interactive elements. This hands-on lesson sets the foundation for designing engaging gameplay experiences.

Building Ancient Wonders

Step back in time and build ancient wonders in Minecraft! Students will explore historical structures and learn how to recreate them using Minecraft’s building tools. This lesson combines architecture, history, and coding, fostering creativity and a deeper understanding of the past.

Designing Competitive Arenas

Get ready for competition by designing thrilling Minecraft arenas! Students will learn advanced coding techniques and Redstone mechanics to create competitive gameplay environments. This lesson focuses on strategic design and technical skills, preparing students for exciting Minecraft challenges.

Interactive Quests and Puzzles

Create interactive quests and puzzles to challenge your friends! In this lesson, students will design complex puzzles and quests using command blocks and Redstone. This hands-on project enhances problem-solving skills and encourages creative thinking.

Storytelling Through Game Design

Unleash your storytelling skills by creating story-based games in Minecraft! Students will learn how to integrate narrative elements into their game design, crafting engaging and immersive experiences. This lesson combines coding, creativity, and storytelling to bring unique stories to life in Minecraft.

Course Format

Our curriculum for BlockCraft Coders: Game Design in Minecraft blends the dynamic structure of afterschool programs with the proven 5E instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Each phase is carefully designed to captivate and retain student interest, fostering a seamless and enriched learning experience.

Engage Phase: We spark curiosity with captivating visuals and thought-provoking prompts related to game design and Minecraft. This phase draws students into the subject matter by showcasing the creative and technical possibilities of Minecraft coding.

Explore Phase: Students embark on their educational journey with clear STEM objectives, supported by an environment that encourages experimentation and learning from mistakes. They begin to brainstorm and sketch their own game designs, exploring the possibilities of integrating coding with creative gameplay.

Explain Phase: Foundational STEM knowledge is delivered, integrating concepts from coding, game design, and digital storytelling. Students learn about conditionals, command blocks, and Redstone, understanding how these principles apply to their Minecraft projects.

Elaborate Phase: Students participate in hands-on projects, building their games to create interactive quests, adventure maps, and competitive arenas. This phase reinforces their learning through practical application and critical thinking exercises, pushing them to innovate and refine their designs.

Evaluate Phase: The journey culminates in reflection, where students assess their achievements and connect their learning to real-world STEM applications. They showcase their Minecraft creations, explaining the coding and game design principles behind their projects, and reflecting on the problem-solving skills they've developed.

This structured yet flexible approach ensures every student benefits from a comprehensive, engaging, and reflective STEM educational experience, turning innovative ideas into captivating game design projects. Join us to explore the limitless potential of Minecraft coding and unleash your creativity!

Our Instructors Are Our Top Asset

At BAM!, our vision for innovative K-8 education extends beyond just curriculum; it encompasses the educators who bring that curriculum to life. Selecting & training our educators is a continuous and meticulous process, ensuring they are not just equipped with subject matter expertise but also the skills to inspire and connect with students on a personal level.

  • 100% adult educators recruited from prestigious universities ( No CITs at BAM!)
  • Highly refined interview and background check process 
  • Extensive training that goes well beyond curriculum & classroom management
  • Ongoing year-round opportunities to teach in our summer camp. After-school, and structured recess programs.

We celebrate your success!

Upon the conclusion of your child's program, they will be presented with an official Brains & Motion Education certification.