Modding Minecraft with Java – Level 1 – Fall 2017

This class will meet on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, September 26-December 19 (No class 10/31) for a total of 12 sessions. Kids can only be registered for the entire series, and should plan to attend all sessions, or watch the videos for any missed sessions to keep up with the rest of the class.

Learn how to code in Java, by making amazing mods in Minecraft. This class uses Code Kingdoms, which allows kids to code via drag and drop, until they feel more comfortable with the language, when they can switch to typing the code straight into the editor. Kids will use Code Kingdoms to create one of the following (we will vote to select one for the whole group):

  • High Noon Saloon, which is a PVP (arrow) shooter game
  • Blocky Races, which is a multiplayer racing game
  • Spartan School, which is a single player or PVP mob battle wave arena game (this is a favorite with previous sessions)

After completing the “Easy” mod, kids will move on to a slightly more advance mod, which they will select as a group from the following:

  • Spleef
  • Hungry Games
  • Lucky Blocks
  • Haunted Mansion

This class is for kids who are currently in grades 4-8. Kids don’t need any previous programming experience for this class.

Mod choices are subject to change! Please note that after taking this class, kids may continue to work through guided mod development lessons, and some of the more creative kids will be able to extend their knowledge to come up with their own custom mods. You may purchase a Code Kingdoms account to continue creating mods. It comes with a private server, so your kid can invite her or his friends to play those mods online.

For kids who have previously completed our Modding Minecraft camp or class, this will be way too easy for you, and we will add an advanced class if there’s enough interest. Please contact us if that’s you!

A note about the cost for this class: This might seem expensive, but when you consider that many in-person, instructor-led Java courses cost approximately $75/hour/person, or more, it’s downright cheap. We invite you to compare the cost of this class to other instructor-led Java classes in your area.

Minecraft Club – Fall 2017

Does your child love Minecraft? Drop him or her off for our weekly, 90-minute, fun, and educational Minecraft sessions! Each month we offer a themed unit in Minecraft. The kids will explore, build, and play, while they learn a bit of history, language arts, geography, science, math, and more. Previous themes include:

  • Famous Landmarks
  • 3D Printing
  • Space Exploration
  • Habitats
  • Winter

The only pre-requisite is a desire to play Minecraft! We do use the PC version of Minecraft for this class, so kids should have some familiarity with that, or a willingness to learn. This club is for kids in K through 7.

Minecraft Club meets on Mondays, 6-7:30pm, September 11-December 18, for a total of 15 weeks.

Topics for Fall 2017

This list is subject to change.

  • September – Space Exploration
  • October – Scary Stories
  • November – Dinosaurs and Dragons
  • December – Winter

You can sign up for the entire series, or if space is available, register for a single session. Each week is pretty standalone, so your child can join in at any time!

Individual, weekly, drop-in sessions are $18 per week. Please register in advance.

Friday Gamer Club – Fall 2017

Join us on Friday nights, for gaming with friends, pizza, and more. We have:

  • Windows Laptops
  • Kindles
  • XBox 360
  • Board Games
  • Card Games

Plus we’ll open the crafting room to anybody who might want to make some fuse bead art or paper crafts.

All equipment will be first-come, first-served, and kids will be asked to rotate after 20-30 minutes if others are waiting for specific equipment. Children who absolutely must use specific equipment should plan to bring their own. Everyone else has to share!

This club is geared towards children ages 5-12. Older kids (up to 14) are welcome, too, if they don’t mind hanging out with the younger kids.

Please note: We will have pizza and drinks for this club. If your child doesn’t like pizza, or has any allergies or dietary restrictions that might prevent them from enjoying what we provide, please be sure to bring something for your child to enjoy.

Game Design with Scratch – Fall 2017

Level up your programming skills with Game Design with Scratch. This class meets on Thursdays, 6-7pm, for 6 weeks, November 2-December 14 (no class November 23). Kids will learn the basics of game design, and will then vote to select up to 3 games to learn how to build. By building the games, kids will learn new programming concepts, and get experience working with conditions, loops, variables, and events.
This class is recommended for kids in grades 2-6 who have already attended Introduction to Programming, or have equivalent experience with Scratch.

YouTube Star – Fall 2017

Does your child want to be the next YouTube super star? Let us show them the ropes! Kids will learn about:

  • Staying safe on the Internet
  • Planning interesting videos
  • Recording and editing videos, including adding music and voiceovers
  • Exporting videos for YouTube

You can see examples of videos kids have already made on our YouTube channel. We typically have the kids create a challenge video, walkthrough/tutorial, interview, and unboxing, but we work with the class to determine the best videos to produce with that class.

We typically upload all videos to the Coder Kids Club YouTube Channel, because technically, your kids aren’t old enough for their own YouTube channels! If your child does have a YouTube channel, he or she can bring in a flash drive and grab his or her videos, to upload with you at home.

This class meets 6-7pm on Wednesdays, November 1-December 13 (no class November 22). We recommend this class for kids in grades 3-8. Younger kids are also welcome to join us, but might need a parent to help.

Important: Each student needs a USB headset with microphone for this class. We very highly recommend this one We know that particular headset works every time with our hardware and software. If you want your child to use a different headset, please make sure it’s USB, and not 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. If your child isn’t using the recommended headset, you will need to stick around when we record with the headsets (at least once), to get it working properly with our hardware and software. Please make sure your child’s headset is clearly labeled with his or her name on it, and bring it to and from class each week.