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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.
Students invest in their futures as game designers with their favorite game—Minecraft! They'll dive into the fundamentals of creating their own levels in a wide-open world, learning level design, and problem-solving while building extraordinary environments. They can use custom resource packs to create visually stunning worlds or let their imaginations run wild and create their own adventures.
Tools: Minecraft Java Edition
Create resource packs to re-skin blocks and items
Build Redstone circuits and machines
Utilize command blocks to enhance maps
Develop planning and design skills
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 data packs 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.
Using Java, kids can create command blocks - which are sets of instructions - in order to add a customized feature or action to existing gameplay. For example, different command blocks can change the weather, allow players to teleport, and more!
The learning benefits of Minecraft are as endless as the world itself. From game design to coding, to activating kids’ creativity and critical thinking skills, Minecraft offers a wealth of learning opportunities beyond hours of entertainment.
If your students love to build and interact with Minecraft, they’re steps away from becoming game designers! Making the transition from playing Minecraft to thinking critically about the game is one of the best ways to encourage young kids to pursue STEAM in school, college, and beyond.
Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.