Minecraft Java Camp - Ages 8-11

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Minecraft Java Camp - Ages 8-11

150.00

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, the concepts of object-oriented programming 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 to the level you are comfortable with and invite your friends to join the server.

The camp is for students age 8-11. 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.

Minecraft Java Camp 2017
June 12-16
July 10-14 (FULL)

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Java Coding with MineCraft

Mod Minecraft on your very own server. This camp is for beginner to advanced learners age 8-11. 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 degrees in Computer Science, Design, and STEAM-focused fields.

 
Dates Ages Session By April 30th After April 30th Snack Lunch T-shirt
June 12-16 8-11 5 days $455 $495 Yes No Yes
July 10-14 8-11 5 days $455 $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.

Camp is open to students age 8-11.

Location: All camps take place on the campus of Academe of the Oaks high school located near downtown Decatur just off College Avenue.  (Click for map) 
School address:
146 New Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Students are encouraged to bring their own Windows laptops. 
Laptops are available for rent for an additional fee of $50/week.

A morning snack is provided. Students bring their own lunch.

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.

Our camps regularly fill up so register now to hold a seat.

Minecraft

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.

Java

Learn 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 learn with Java lessons outside of Minecraft. We walk through object-oriented concepts including classes, methods, objects, inheritance, and more. We have chosen an interactive development environment called Greenfoot that was designed for learning Java. The frame based editor in Greenfoot, called Stride, is an excellent stepping stone between block coding languages and full text languages. There is no syntax to memorize, type in or mess up; the keywords (if, while, etc) are simply non-editable labels in the frame. This eliminates much of the frustration with getting started in Java and students can transition to full text while still using Greenfoot. All lessons are project-based and students can work at their own pace after a set of intro exercises.