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
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 of learning 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, our camps will still be a uniquely new learning experience for him. As with learning anything, It definitely helps that he is already interested in the subject.
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.