Minecraft: Block and Item Design
After School and Weekend Programs
Learn to recode parts of Minecraft itself to truly realize your own creative vision.
Through modifying and redesigning Minecraft, kids will be able to create their own version of Minecraft. There is a huge range of Minecraft modifications from small changes in game behaviour to introducing brand new items, creatures, and dimensions.
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including: critical thinking, problem solving, coding and design.
What do kids make?
Kids will be able create their own Minecraft world. They can add different modifications, skins and more. Make something awesome and make new friends!
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
For some people, an open sandbox world is not enough to express their own creative vision. Thousands of modifications have been created for Minecraft by the Minecraft community and kids will be able to enable everything from small changes in game behaviour to introducing brand new items, creatures, and dimensions.
In this course students are first introduced to Java, the programming language used to write Minecraft. They will then explore how Minecraft is created, which lays the foundation for many video games.
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.
21st Century Skills
Tweaking, adding to, and troubleshooting Minecraft is a rewarding challenge. Kids will learn design, resilience, coding and troubleshooting.
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 robotics 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
Save $25 when you sign up now! Early bird pricing for Minecraft: Block and Item Design, available.
Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
Our kids STEM programs teaches and encourages 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 may include laptops and any software.
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.
Love Minecraft? Check out our other Minecraft programs!
In this program, students will be introduced to Java, networking, databases, and command line tools to build and manage their own Minecraft server.
Winter term begins in January!
Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real world skills. In our Innovation Camps, kids are introduced to all our three core STEM topics: Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.
All MakerKids STEM Programs
(Starts at $16.25/hour)