Java Coding with MineCraft
Mod Minecraft on your very own server. This camp is for beginner to advanced learners in grades 3rd-6th. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to learn and have fun. Our curriculum is flexible to the students’ skill level. At Start Code, we give students real world skills with coding tools and languages they can build on after camp.
The summer camp mornings are spent learning about Java and the development tools while building project-based lessons and fun game modes. Afternoons are flexible and leave time for students to choose what they would like to work on and continue at their own pace. Of course there are also breaks to play modded games.
At Start Code, our small instructor to student ratio provides customized learning. Unlike other camps, our instructors have or are pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Design, and STEAM-focused fields.
|Dates||Grades||Session||By March 31st||After March 31st||Snack||Lunch||T-shirt|
|June 10-14||3rd-7th||5 days||$450||$495||Yes||No||Yes|
|July 8-12||3rd-7th||5 days||$450||$495||Yes||No||Yes|
|July 29-Aug 2||3rd-7th||5 days||$450||$495||Yes||No||Yes|
Here are some things to know about the camp
Camps instruction runs from 9:00-3:30 every day with drop off beginning at 8:30am. Pick up is between 3:30-5:00pm which will be after-care time (no additional fee) including options for multiplayer gaming.
A morning snack is provided. Students bring their own lunch.
Camp is open to students in grades 3rd-6th.
On Friday parents and family are invited to a showcase highlighting student skills and projects.
There is a $150 deposit per camp. In case of early cancellation, $50 is non-refundable. In case of cancellation within 14 days of camp, the entire $150 deposit is non-refundable.
Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops (Windows or Mac). Laptops are available for rent for an additional fee of $50/week.
Our camps regularly fill up so register now to hold a seat.
TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES
Minecraft is a great game to teach coding with. It's hugely popular and the game is built in a way that allows players to access the code. Students can build 'mods' (short for modifications) that change the way the game behaves and responds. The more code you learn, the more creative freedom you have to build what you want inside the game. The students find this engaging and fun so they are motivated to keep going.
The modding tools used during camp are easy to pick up allowing students to customize the editor based on their skill level. Students can switch between drag and drop chunks of Java logic to a full text editor to ease the learning curve. The code editor is designed to transition between draggable chunks and text in a single window. The 'slider' gradually strips away the block chunks to reveal the raw Java code underneath. Choose to write straight Java code or build the logic using code chunks. New coders can easily switch back and forth when they need clarification, allowing them to learn at their own pace. This freedom - along with our built-in error checking – encourages a testing and ‘try new things’ approach central to STEM learning.
Learn real Java programming while working with Minecraft. Java is one of the most popular programming language in the world and is used on many different platforms like Android smartphones for example. Students are each given a server to mod using their own creativity and ideas. Then they can invite others onto the server to play test their creations (all servers are invite only so only friends can join).
Practice Java coding rules (also called language syntax) and structure by using algorithms and logical operations to achieve different gameplay modes on your server. Mod a game and play it with friends. Have a new idea during camp to extend the project? Great! We’ll help you do it.
Campers will also practice Java with lessons outside of Minecraft. We walk through object-oriented concepts including classes, methods, objects, inheritance, and more. We have chosen an interactive development environment was designed for learning Java. Lessons are project-based and students can work at their own pace after a set of intro lessons.