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Minecraft Coding Summer Camp 2017

Minecraft is now more than just a game for building awesome virtual worlds. These days, many people use it for studying language, quick virtual world modelling of something they are about to build in the physical world, or as a communication bridge between friends and community.

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Starting July 30th, or Aug 27th, Maker Toolset’s Summer Camp 2017 students will learn how to do build cool Mods and Mini Games while using block-based coding within Minecraft. Between each coding session we have some physical building challenges with design cutters and cloud connected electronics that challenge students’ imaginations and build their creative confidence.

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This 4-day camp is designed for students with the desire to learn coding and English purposefully through the fun of a virtual world game. All mentors are bilingual so even Japanese speakers who are new to English will find a practical hands on opportunity to communicate with classmates.

Enjoy and learn with us whether you are a beginner to computers and want to learn how to code for the first time, or are already on your way to higher levels. There will be lots of fun and new challenges to fit your level.

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THE JULY EVENT IS SOLD OUT! (The August event is still available, see below)

For those who cannot make our first camp, we have the same camp running late August as well.

August 27th Camp start

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The outline of our 4 days together contains:

Mods

Day 1 – Get an introduction to Minecraft and what it means to “Mod Minecraft.” Understand the environments of the simulator and your own private minecraft server. Introduction to functions, world edit commands, drones,  and enemies/mobs.

Coding

Day 2 – This day will require you to be unafraid of failure by using trial and error to learn the basics of coding. All we need is your growing logic skills and a bit of patience. Pick a Level 1 challenge and the code modules will guide you through the rest!

Drone Tool

Day 3 -You will now control the game through code. Building with the drone tool: discover the incredible power of the drone tool as you build massive or complex structures with ease. Combine building with the drone tool with the power of functions and loops. Make the game do what YOU want; at a keystroke.

Mini Games

Day 4 – Make basic games in Minecraft by customizing a Spleef style game. Your personal project mod or game will use all you have learned during the summer camp. Once your project is done, share and test others classmates creations.

Popular Demand

Minecraft is a relevant learning medium for any age. Due to popular demand, we have created a two track system for students to be able to collaborate within their age group and at equivalent levels and speed.

Elementary Track – includes more time for testing mini games and building your custom papercraft minecraft character

Elementary Track Sign-up – July 30th   Elementary Track Sign-up – Aug 27th

Jr. & Sr High School Track – includes more time for higher level challenge cards and option to experiment with cloud connected electronics to do IoT style connections between virtual and physical worlds.

Jr & Sr High Track Sign-up – July 30th   Jr & Sr High Track Sign-up – Aug 27th

Each student will need to bring a laptop with the Google Chrome browser installed. Share with a friend and download our printable PDF with 4 Day Outline

Want to know more? Ask us a question at contact@makertoolset.com

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A Last Minute Collaboration

 

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It is IT: A great project with kids teaching kids programming

This past weekend was the school festival at my main job Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School (TGUISS).  The IT club, run by the amazing Soto Yamauchi and his group “It is IT”. Their mantra is ‘of the kids, by the kids, for the kids’ and Soto is the right kid for the job. When he is not donating his time teaching other young students how to program his is busy winning programming contests. I think he is a geniusbut don’t take my word for it, Microsoft thinks so as well!

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Soto on the right.

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Minecraft workshop

 

I saw in the festival guide that they were presenting on Minecraft, Scratch and littleBits. I wondered how many littleBits they had and if they wanted to use the Maker Toolset kit; a handsome collection of Bits I must say. They agreed and I began labeling the bits.

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They were running Raspberry Pis for the workshop.

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Some pretty good art! They were using littleBits to lure people in. That buzzer is hard to ignore.

 

While labeling, the IT club and I had a good talk about integrating littleBits into TGUISS’s curriculum and making it the first littleBits school. We had some good ideas floating around, like students programming their own e-flashcards in English or using the littleBits in a play for drama or a classroom performance.

We will revisit these ideas when I crash their upcoming club meetings!

More to come on this…