For Kids aged 7-13
Explore the world of 3D Games. Create a 3D game in Kodu, program a micro:bit game controller and game on! Learn how to make the coolest mods in Minecraft, creating a whole new game that you can call your very own!
Kids are empowered to create their own amazing mods, from texture packs, schematics and more. They get imaginative and creative with their programming skills to create Minecraft Mods that they can actually enjoy playing with their friends!
- Ideally have prior experience with Minecraft
- Reinforce programming concepts
- Create a Minecraft mod
- Code your own game in a 3D world
- Prerequisites: Start with Scratch
All you need to know
Kodu and micro:bit
So… you’ve done some Scratch and some Microbit. Are you ready to transfer your programming skills to a new platform? Learn how to create a game in Kodu, then power it with your Microbit!
We’ll explore aspects of game development and programming within a new environment, to practise and reinforce programming concepts learnt from our introductory courses.
THIS IS KODU GAME LAB
It’s a 3D environment that has its own visual programming language for kids to connect code blocks to program games.
Manipulating and creating a world in 3D is a step up for kids who have been doing 2D projects in Scratch, but they’ll create a more immersive experience.
Kids will also reinforce their programming concepts by picking up a new block based language.
We’ll apply the familiar concepts of loops, conditionals and events to create games, then use our microbit as a game controller!
Learning a new skill takes commitment and coding’s no exception. If you’d like to learn about programming, you gotta learn it right. It all starts with committing the time and effort into practising these fundamental programming concepts that make every game or animation tick.
Minecraft provides an immersive 3D environment for kids to develop their programming and game development skills.
Kids can build ‘mods’ (short for modifications) that change the way the game behaves and responds. They will learn how to create their own world, build games within a game and even have a go at playing what they created with their friends in Minecraft!
They’ll build their own Minecraft mods using a drag-and-drop editor on the Code Kingdoms platform. While creating these mods, kids will improve their understanding of core programming and computational thinking concepts, and use their creativity and imagination to make thier very own world to play in.
Oh! The stuff you'll learn
Broken down into concepts for MAXIMUM learnin'
- Minecraft and the Code Kingdoms editor
- Learn about methods
- Use game design principles to make the game more fun and exciting
- Add timers and health
- Increase complexity with Conditions and Variables
- Going further with Boolean and Loops
- Test and debug using logic and systematic reasonng
- Connect your world and Play in Minecraft!
- Presentation time: On your last day, share with your parents what you’ve learnt!
Life skills you'll learn
Skills that last a lifetime
Saturday Kids don't learn to code. They code to learn.
No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out yourself, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime and how we learn in real life. Let's get kids to learn how to learn. Because the kids who learn to learn become curious, inventive, resourceful human beings who solve real world problems to make a meaningful impact.
Parents love us
Children from our camp enjoyed themselves exploring and learning what the different animation tools could do for them. They were particularly excited to see their own creations come alive.
I've been meaning to write to you to let you know that my son loved his workshop with Saturday Kids in June and I will be enrolling my daughter too for the beginners course that you are doing in October
It is wonderful to hear their enthusiasm and excitement when they talk about their Scratch classes, the words epic and awesome are frequently used!
Your kid will love it.
If your kid doesn't think it's the best thing ever after the attending the first 2 days, we'll issue you a credit note for 50% of the course fee. No questions asked.
- 1:6 Maximum Instructor-Student Ratio
- All equipment & materials provided
- Open source tools: Continue the learning at home!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My child is new to computers and programming. Will he / she be able to follow?
We recommend that your child completes our Start With Scratch: Adventures in Time course for a solid foundation in Scratch and programming concepts first, and has played Minecraft before enrolling in this course.
2. Does my child need to have a Minecraft account in advance?
Yes! If he/she does not have one, you can register for a new account here: Minecraft Account Registration. You’ll need to register for the paid account of the PC/Mac Java Edition, not the Pocket edition. Note that every child will need to have their own account (siblings will not be able to log into the same account on different laptops during the same class)
3. I’ve enrolled my child, what will he/she need to bring?
Bring along your Minecraft username and password. We’ll provide all equipment and materials, but you may want to bring a jacket and light snacks in case he/she gets hungry.