Holiday Camps

Minecraft 3D Game Design Course

Design, create and share your own Minecraft adventure!

Skill Level: Junior
Ratio: 5 students per instructor
Prerequisites: None
Software: Minecraft

Is your child interested to learn how to make their own videogames? Do they love to play Minecraft? Why not turn their interest in games into an opportunity to learn sophisticated problem solving and planning skills! Our course aims to harness Minecraft's powerful free-form Creative mode to teach the processes behind 3D videogame design used in the actual videogame industry. Student's will be need to think creatively to design their own simple Minecraft adv enture map and plan out the in-game challenges they want other players to overcome. Then, they will playtest both their own and other student's projects, learning how to identify and overcome problems as a team in a constructive manner.

Advanced Minecraft users will learn how to expand on their world's abilities by using in-game programming and scripting tools to create their own story driven map, as well as learn how to use external editing programs to work on larger scale projects.

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What are some of the take home skills?

This course is an exciting opportunity for your child to put their creative planning skills to the test, as well as develop their project planning, teamwork and problem solving skills. By leveraging on the familiarity and popularity of one of the most popular videogames in history, the Minecraft 3D game design course aims to inculcate practical creative skills, while being fun and engaging

Students will be able to take home their completed Minecraft project at the end of the course.(A personal copy of Minecraft would be required in order to access their level, and is sold separately at https://minecraft.net/en/.)

  • Q: My Child is already addicted to video games, is it a good idea for him to spend more time on it?

    A: In our current environment, children as young as 3 are already familiar with the use of IPads and other technological devices for entertainment. It is unavoidable that there will be exposure regardless of how much restriction is in place. It is important to differentiate excessive focus on games and the use of such devices and softwares for learning. In our camp, we are utilizing a platform that children are already interested in, to teach them viable programming skills which can be useful for learning logic and problem solving. The additional skills learnt may even help shift the focus of a child's obsession for video games into a constructive avenue for learning. Many schools are also already using Minecraft in part of their curriculum to teach core subjects like Math, science and Language. Video game design is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subject taught in some schools

  • Q: My Child already knows how to play Minecraft, what would he learn from a Minecraft camp?

    A: The development of Minecraft started off as a game but since its launch, it had splintered off from its original game playing functions into one with a myriad of different options. Minecraft can now provide users with different modules within the software. Minecraft provides children with not only a creative design function but also an opportunity to create games without the need to know complex programming language. Unless your child is already designing games or knows how to design his own maps, this will still be a uniquely new learning experience for him. As with learning anything, It definitely helps that he is already interested in the game.

  • Q: How much screen time should I expect my child to have throughout the camp?

    A: The Minecraft camp is a games design camp so it is to be expected that your child will be spending time on the computer. Activities within the camp will involve the children taking breaks from the computer, playing group games and planning which will take place off the computer.

  • Q: Why does my child need to learn how to do programming using Minecraft?

    A: Without softwares like Minecraft, learning how to program games used to be a job only for adult programmers who have done a degree or diploma in programming. Without knowledge of complex softwarelike Python and Javascript, programming was never meant for lay people let alone children in primary school. The availability of software like Minecraft has opened up an avenue for children as young as 7 to learn how to program and design games. The user-friendly interface makes the process of teaching concepts of programming a lot simpler.

 

 

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