After School and Weekend Programs
Do your kids love Minecraft? They may already have some amazing Minecraft skills, but in our kids Minecraft programs, they will do so much more with Minecraft than you realized they could. Minecraft for kids is an amazing way to learn new skills and make new friends. Work with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game and have an opportunity to learn new skills every week such as mod installation, powerful server plug-ins, and more!
By the end of these programs, they will have learned how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts, while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft. They will learn technical and critical soft skills, like effective communication and conflict resolution.
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
Kids will have learned how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts, while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft.
What do kids make?
Work with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game and have an opportunity to learn new skills every week such as mod installation, powerful server plug-ins, and more!
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Untap the power of Minecraft! Using something kids may already know and love, they will learn how to code, invent contraptions and even run their own server. Minecraft is an open canvas, which is perfect to create without physical barriers. While kids are in charge of their creations, they will also plan and design with others.
By learning by doing, especially through a familiar and enjoyable game like Minecraft, kids gain a deeper understanding of how computers work, design philosophy, problem solving and modifications.
21st Century Skills
Minecraft has a number of educational benefits, and helps kids learn skills that allow them to be better ‘netizens’. We use Minecraft as a gateway to bring kids from the alluring virtual world back to the physical world and the people around them, e.g. through 3D printing objects they’ve designed in the game — a design environment they are already familiar with.
We’ve been recognized for our expertise in teaching Minecraft — we received funding from Mozilla Hive to develop Minecraft curriculum resources for teachers, and developed a module that guides educators through teaching grade 3 students the Ontario Curriculum social studies unit of settlers in the early 18th Century using Minecraft, an engaging environment that kids get excited about.
The MakerKids Difference
Our instructors are highly trained and come for various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jenn Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.
Leading Edge Technology
We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.
Space to Experiment
Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained and have police checks. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are capable of working with kids with different learning abilities. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.
My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.Tammy
I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!
This MakerKids Graduate created her own Minecraft club at school and even leads the class.
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
Instructors will guide students through key Minecraft functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
|5:00-5:40||Let’s get Making!
Kids will experiment and create their own project and invention from the lesson
|5:45-5:55||Show and tell
See the work the kids have created!
(Starts at $16.25/hour)
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one coaching
- Kids may take home their digital projects
- Badge of completion
Programs are 2 hours each week for 10 weeks. We have classes after school (Mondays to Thursdays) and weekends.
Love Minecraft? Check out all our Minecraft programs!
In Minecraft, Redstone is the equivalent of electricity. It is both an energy source and can be used to transmit information, allowing players to power their world and invent unique contraptions and interactive systems. We will cover the basics of electricity with real world and game applications. Kids can quickly start introducing objects like clocks, locks, hidden doors, traps, elevators, and more into their world.
*This term is currently complete.
Students will be introduced to Java (a common programming language), networking, databases, and command line tools to build and manage their own Minecraft server. Students begin with computing and networking in a text based environment, which lay the groundwork of how the internet and computers work. They will set up servers through downloading files, running commands, creating scripts and editing config files.
*Term has begun. Email us (email@example.com) if you would still like to join!
Students are first shown what makes things in Minecraft look and sound the way they do. They’ll learn how to change the color and shape of items using image editing software and will have the chance to experiment with making the game look the way they want it to. With the introduction of Java, kids explore how games are designed and created.
Students can make their own armour or weapons, think up brand new blocks and crafting recipes, and modify the looks and behaviour of some of the existing creatures found in the game.
Sign up for Spring term is available. Program starts in April!
Save $25 when you sign up now! Early bird pricing for Minecraft: Run a Minecraft Server and Block and Item Design, available.
Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
Our kids STEM programs teach and encourage a wide variety of skills. Soft skills: A) confidence, B) social skills, and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.
We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.
MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.
MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.
Does my child need experience playing Minecraft?
Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over Minecraft fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).
Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?
We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which include laptops and any software. No need to bring your computers! Feel free to bring nut free snacks and water.
What will my kid make?
While working with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game, kids may create mods, Redstone contraptions and run their own server.
All MakerKids STEM Programs
(Starts at $16.25/hour)