Have fun this summer learning to code with Java and modding Minecraft. This camp combines engaging projects and gameplay to invite students to expand their coding skills. By modifying a Minecraft world with Java, coding concepts are less abstract, more tangible, and easier to pick up. This camp is approachable by both beginning coders and fast learners with some prior coding experience. Modify your own server and invite your friends to join.
The camp is for students in grades 3rd-7th. Tuition is $495 for the week. There is a $150 deposit to hold a seat with the remaining balance to be paid before camp starts.
Two Locations: Camps are held at Oglethorpe University or in Decatur at a private school near downtown. (map link).
Minecraft Java Camp 2020
July 27-31 (Decatur only)
Scroll down for more details about the camp.
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.
The summer camp mornings are spent learning about Java 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. 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|
|June 8-12||3rd-7th||5 days||$445||$495|
|July 6-10||3rd-7th||5 days||$445||$495|
|July 27-31||3rd-7th||5 days||$445||$495|
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.
Location: Camps take place at Oglethorpe University or on the campus of Academe of the Oaks high school near downtown Decatur just off College Avenue. School address: 146 New Street, Decatur, GA 30030 (Google maps link)
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 because it is built to allow players to modify it. 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 keeping the students motivated.
The modding tools used during camp allow students to customize the editor based on their skill level. Students can switch between drag and drop chunks of Java logic or to a full text editor. New coders can switch back and forth when they need clarification easing the learning curve. This freedom 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. Students are each given a server to mod using their own creativity and ideas.
Practice Java coding rules (also called language syntax) and structure by using algorithms and logical operations to achieve different gameplay modes. 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.
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