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Grades: 3rd thru 5th
Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Format: Virtual / Online / Live Instructor
Duration: 10 hours
The Sample Schedule below is an example of an after-school program with five 2-hour sessions. Schools sessions typically run 1 hour for 10-weeks, but the scheduling is flexible.
Plumb the depths of a brand new dungeon, design an adventure that’s unique every time, and create a challenge for players to get as far as they can in one go. Students will explore how to create and develop a game with randomized upgrades, collectible weapons, and power-ups, and whether players win or lose, the next playthrough will always reveal something new. They will use data packs to modify Minecraft, change mobs and create their own dungeon crawling adventure! All of the rogues and adventurers out there will make a new challenge that only the worthy will pass.
Tools: Minecraft Java Edition
Create resource packs and data packs to create blocks and items
Rewrite Minecraft’s data to modify parts of the game
Randomize loot and collectibles to make each playthrough unique
Develop customized items and textures
Students will use data packs to modify Minecraft and create their own dungeon crawling adventure! As they explore the ins and outs of what makes an engaging Minecraft map, students will change mobs with datapacks to enhance their original Minecraft game.
Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of key material and the overall student experience.
Students will explore the fundamentals of data packs by looking at the formatting and how to change properties in Minecraft.
Next, students will progress to changing the textures and names of different items through datapacks. They will install their datapacks and start building features they’ll use for their final projects.
To enhance their games, students will practice creating art assets and graphics and begin exploring mob textures and mob loot tables. Students will also dive into the crafting system and create new recipes.
Students will craft and refine their final projects with features like Redstone traps and treasure chests.
To complete the week, students will polish their dungeons and add any story elements they’d want to add. They will share their projects with their peers for discussion and constructive feedback.
Virtual online classes feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each class includes live teaching of our personalized, world-class curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. Sprinkled with games, challenges, and entertainment, there is always something to keep the group actively engaged.
To run this online course with The Learnatory, students will need a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing.
Any course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.
Our classes maintain an 8:1 student to teacher ratio ensuring every student receives individualized attention. In most classes, there is also an assistant teacher or intern to assist.
This course is intended for students who have completed a related course or have equivalent experience. With our small class sizes, each student will continue to receive individual attention and learn at their own pace.
As intermediate and advanced Minecraft game designers learn to add more and more cool features to their games, data packs unlock a new dimension of customization! Data packs, like Minecraft mods, enhance the game with new environments, objects, and advancements. Read more Minecraft Terms at https://www.idtech.com/blog/minecraft-glossary-of-terms-and-words-to-know
This course encourages kids to think like game designers or programmers, rather than just players, opening doors to STEM. Minecraft game design promotes creativity, problem-solving, self-direction, and collaboration—all of which stand out as valuable benefits that gaming can provide.
The market value of the gaming industry is over $151.06 billion dollars, with steady growth predicted through 2027. Your students could be the next big name in game design, and if their STEM journey leads them elsewhere, they will still build valuable digital literacy skills. Tech literacy is key to success with 21st-century skills, and yes those skills can be fun to learn!