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
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 from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.
Space to Experiment
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, Parent
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!Parent
This MakerKids Graduate created her own Minecraft club at school and even leads the class.
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
|4:10-4:50||Minecraft Discovery |
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!
- 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!
Minecraft: Block and Item Design
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.
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.
Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: 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.
Mental Health Improvements
Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!
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.