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BlockCraft Masters: Game Design & Modding with Minecraft and MakeCode for Grades 6-8

BlockCraft Masters: Game Design & Modding with Minecraft and MakeCode for Grades 6-8

Immerse yourself in game creation with BlockCraft Masters: Game Design & Modding with Minecraft and MakeCode.

This course offers students a comprehensive experience in Minecraft modding and interactive world design. Utilizing tools like Redstone, command blocks, and the MakeCode interface, students will learn to create and modify interactive games and worlds within the familiar and engaging environment of Minecraft. The course skillfully blends creativity with technical skills, encouraging students to design, program, and weave stories on Minecraft. They will conceptualize and execute their game ideas, merging artistic expression with technical proficiency. By understanding logic, sequencing, and conditionals, students will see how coding can bring their imaginative ideas to life in the Minecraft world. This journey into game development enhances digital literacy and problem-solving skills, laying a foundation for future studies in computer science and related fields. BlockCraft Masters is more than a course; it explores creativity, technical skills, and the endless possibilities within the Minecraft universe.

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  • Camp Hours: 9AM-3PM
  • After Camp, M-TH: 3PM -6PM*
  • Friday Family Showcase: 2PM-3PM

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  • About BlockCraft Masters: Game Design & Modding with Minecraft and MakeCode for Grades 6-8

    This course delivers an in-depth exploration of Minecraft modding and world design, leveraging Redstone, command blocks, and MakeCode to craft and alter interactive games and environments. It combines creativity with technical know-how, inspiring students to design, code, and narrate within Minecraft. Participants will turn their game visions into reality, blending artistic flair with coding acumen. They'll grasp coding fundamentals like logic, sequencing, and conditionals, making their creative concepts playable in Minecraft. This venture into game development boosts digital literacy and problem-solving abilities, preparing students for future endeavors in computer science and beyond.

  • Topics Covered

    • Fundamentals of game design utilizing Minecraft.
    • Sophisticated programming techniques with MakeCode and command blocks.
    • In-depth game development concepts.
    • Advanced Minecraft construction projects for crafting engaging game worlds.

  • Proficiency in Minecraft Modding and Interactive World Design

    Students will master using Redstone, command blocks, and the MakeCode interface within Minecraft, enabling them to create and modify interactive games and worlds and learn coding and game design in a familiar and engaging environment.

  • Integration of Creativity and Technical Skills in Game Development

    The course emphasizes the fusion of creativity and technical skills, as students will be designing, programming, and storytelling within the Minecraft platform. They will learn to conceptualize and execute their game ideas, combining artistic expression with technical know-how, nurturing students' ability to think creatively and solve problems in digital media.

  • Exploration and Application of Programming Concepts

    Students will gain hands-on experience in programming, applying concepts such as logic, sequencing, and conditionals in a practical context. They will understand how coding translates into tangible outcomes through modding and game creation in Minecraft, enhancing their digital literacy and problem-solving skills and preparing students for further studies in computer science and related fields.

Sample Schedule

Here’s a sample of what a week in this course could look like. Keep in mind, our experienced instructors will build the camp that is right for your student, and this outline demonstrates some of the key materials and the overall camp experience.

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Monday: Launching Into Game Design with Minecraft

Begin the camp by dissecting the critical components of engaging video games, concentrating on a variety of genres. Students will start their Minecraft voyage by ideating game titles and formulating complex backstories.

Tuesday: Developing Interactive Stories and Characters

Investigate the complexities of RPG game mechanics and the utilization of Redstone for activating interactive elements. Students will fuse story development with technical skill, forming intricate characters and incorporating command block logic for dynamic gameplay.

Wednesday: Advancing in Complex Coding Techniques

Explore the Minecraft MakeCode platform, tackling coding challenges that enhance game designs to refined levels.

Thursday: Constructing Engaging Minecraft Worlds

Advance further into the realm of game design through Minecraft, creating signature levels, mazes, and elaborate puzzles.

Friday: Finalizing and Showcasing Projects

Students devote their time to the final touches and debugging of their adventure games, emphasizing playtesting, debugging, and collaborative problem-solving. Students will create marketing assets for their games and prepare for the showcase.

Course Format

This course is part of a weeklong summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn in a small group setting from an experienced instructor. An exciting daily schedule balances learning and exploration of this topic with a variety of outdoor and recreational activities within the larger camp setting. Lunch and aftercare options are available based on location.

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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.