Young Engineers Enrichment Program
LEARN TO CODE, BUILD GAMES AND NEW WORLDS WITH MINECRAFT EDUCATION
Build pixel art, design a skin to fit a 3D model, practice your architecture and community design skills. Minecraft is a great way to bring your visions to life!
Become an Engineer or Coder with camps on coding and Modding. You can learn logic, coding fundamentals, and design thinking in your favorite game!
Go beyond the “Vanilla” game to explore new worlds, creatures and adventures. From dinosaurs to mushroom forests to dragons, you will be awed and inspired but what is possible!
In our Minecraft courses, students learn STEM skills while exploring Minecraft game design process. Our Minecraft courses offer unparalleled opportunities to learn coding, video game design, and even server technology by harvesting the popularity of the Minecraft game to its full extent. In Minecraft, 3D game design camp kids use their creativity and imagination to build game levels and take on the roles of engineers to build massive Redstone structures. Our Minecraft modding camp lets kids & teens learn to mod Minecraft and develop their Java programming skills by designing new game design elements into their Minecraft game. At our Adventures in Minecraft camp, kids explore Minecraft game design concepts by creating their own levels, maps, structures, and design them for others to explore. In Minecraft server setup, campers learn to build and design their own private Minecraft server and learn game design skills at the same time.
Minecraft Adventures (Beginner | Advanced)
For young engineers getting started with Minecraft, this makerspace will rapidly expand their knowledge of the game. It focuses on basic skills for building, building a solid foundation for going further with this digital world. It can be paired with the Intermediate-Advanced class to get a full set of basic skills. As young engineers develop their skills, they will move into more advanced work and create their own stunning adventures, guiding players with signs, and even making traps or contraptions with advanced command blocks. With custom resource packs, engineers will visually alter the world players see, and as you build game design and pacing skills, you’ll create new worlds, characters and adventures.
Minecraft – Coding and Game Design (Inter | Advanced)
Minecraft is awesome, but it’s even better when you can customize it the way you want. You will expand your coding skills while making your own spin on the weapons, blocks, and rules of the game! In this popular Minecraft makerspace, young engineers will learn Minecraft-level design while they learn to build adventure maps and learn engineering with Minecraft. Engineers will learn to code with command blocks and everything they need to know to code their very own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment, level design, beta testing, and, of course, coding. They will hone their skills in buildings, cities, and worlds within Minecraft and tie them all together with mods, skins, characters, and stories.
Designing and Programming Robots
In this Makerspace, young engineers, learn how to program, design, and make their own robots. They will design solutions to real-world problems, and learn about a variety of electromagnetic concepts. Robotics offers an educational tool for kids to think out of the box. Many times, kids have ideas of what they dream to create. Robotics makes those dreams come true. During this maker space program, students will learn coding, engineering, and electronics, by building a robot. They will learn about robotics components gears, motors, and electricity. Students will review the engineering design methodology and will understand electricity and electronics, the components of robotics, and how gears, motors, and switches work.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft, a “sandbox” game by Mojang based on building blocks, has taken the world by storm as one of the top-selling PC games of all time—over 100 million people have registered worldwide. Players traverse vast landscapes of mountains, forests, caves, and various water bodies. Their characters hunt, sail, and farm while constructing homes and objects by breaking and placing textured cubes in a 3D world. It is the epitome of creativity—limitless opportunity to build, discover, and problem-solve.
In recent years, the benefits of Minecraft have come to light, with the game gaining traction as an educational tool—acknowledged by many as an important vehicle for engaging kids and teens in STEM fields such as coding, video game design and development, level design, and more.
How is Minecraft Education camp different?
Typically, kids play Minecraft at home with little to no direction or goals in mind. Beginner to advanced students in our Minecraft summer camps learn how to think critically about their work with the infinite possibilities of the game. Students create themes, storylines, dialogue between characters, objectives, goals, and more, while more experienced players delve deeper into game design & development, modding, and level design.