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Advanced Minecraft – Resources & Mods

Advanced Minecraft

Minecraft is a fun game to play, and this means it is even more fun to hack. Thanks to open source tools that allow us to access the underlying game resources, there is no limit on changes you can make to the appearance, shape, or logic of things in the game. Adding to and editing a game’s files requires an understanding of all the different parts and how they fit together, and this knowledge applies to all types of programs.

Grades 3-5 & 6-8

Prior Minecraft Java edition experience required.

Minecraft is a fun game to play, and this means it is even more fun to hack. Thanks to open source tools that allow us to access the underlying game resources, there is no limit on changes you can make to the appearance, shape, or logic of things in the game. Adding to and editing a game’s files requires an understanding of all the different parts and how they fit together, and this knowledge applies to all types of programs.

In our Minecraft Resources and Mods weekly program, kids are led by a MakerKids Mentor through the basics of editing a Minecraft game file. With modding, makers will think like a Minecraft creator and will have the ability to customize their own graphical images. As each new feature is added kids must address the new settings and learn how it will interact with all the other objects in the game. Makers will have the ability to make their very own mod and will have a solid understanding of how Minecraft handles all the resources in its codebase. Kids will also see how far the block-based coding of customized behaviour can really go, and what else mods are capable of if they commit the time and effort into steadily working on all the aspects of a long-term project filled with interconnecting assets.

Makers will test out of their mods in our Minecraft modded server! They’ll also have the ability to download their working mods and share them with others. Chromebooks cannot be used.

Kids learn core skills that get applied in projects to integrate their learning and make it fun. Some of the core skills learned and sample projects made include:

  • Resources
    • Customizing your player’s skin
    • Installing Texture Packs
    • Paint.net Orientation (learn to edit images)
    • Creating Custom Texture Packs
  • Mods
    • Mods and Forge Mod Loader (install Mo’ Creatures)
    • My First Mod (Intro to mCreator and making a block)
    • Saving Your Work (importing/exporting workspaces)
    • Making an Item
    • Making a Recipe
    • Make a Fuel
    • Making Armor
    • Making a Tool/Weapon
    • Making a Mob 1 (Player Skinned Zombie)
    • Making a Mob 2 (Importing Mob Textures)
    • Other Intermediate Elements:
      • Making a Plant
      • Making a Food
      • Making a Fluid
      • Making a Biome
      • Making an Inventory Tab
    • Coding a Procedure (spawn an entity)
    • Useful Procedures:
      • Summon an entity
      • Tabula Models 1: Intro and Installation
      • Tabula Models 2: Interface and Making Models
      • Tabula Models 3: Texture Mapping
      • Tabula Models 4: Sending Models to mCreator
      • Editing Default Models in Tabula

Skills Learned

Social Skills
Patience
Communication
Coding
Teamwork
Problem Solving
3D Design

MakerKids Mindset for Minecraft: Communication

Many people have the misconception that Minecraft involves kids zoning out in front of a computer. That’s not the case at MakerKids. Everyone in the classroom is joining the same cooperative virtual world which means offline in-person interaction is just as important as online. As with all teams, traits such as empathy, understanding, and communication are key to successfully share ideas, resolve conflicts, and achieve goals. Whether kids are working with a group to assign tasks for a custom themed texture pack, helping a friend figure out why their redstone circuitry isn’t working properly, or brainstorming what to do when two people both want to build in the same place, our mentors support kids with techniques and guidance to effectively express how they feel, while Minecraft gives them plenty of opportunities to practice.

Basic Requirements:

    • A laptop or desktop
    • Internet connection
    • Headset with microphone and headphones (or computer with microphone and speakers)
    • Keyboard and a mouse
    • Chrome browser
    • Webcam (optional)
    • Minecraft system requirements (source)
      • Minecraft: PC (Windows 7 or later) or Mac (OSX 10.7 or later) computer (not a Chromebook)
        • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent (older or less powerful CPUs may work but may be unstable in some situations)
        • RAM: 4GB or more (<4GB RAM may work but may be unstable in some situations)
      • Minecraft Java Edition Launcher Installed
        (instructions for this can be found here)
    • A Minecraft Java Edition account purchased

For more information, visit our FAQ page.

Class Details

1 hour or 2 hours

Choose between a 1 hour or 2 hour weekly timeslot

1:5 instructor:child ratio

1:5 instructor:child ratio or better

Project-based learning

A new project each week, allowing kids to join anytime. Projects combine foundational building blocks with new material, which teaches and reinforces concepts in new ways to learn by doing through project-based learning.

1-5+ years

Participants typically stay in this program for 1-5+ years.

Pricing

Weekly 1 Hour Class

$129month & student(+HST)
  • Flexibility of month-to-month payments
  • 1-hr team session per week
  • 5:1 student to instructor ratio

Weekly 2 Hour Class

$199/ month & student(+HST)
  • Flexibility of month-to-month payments
  • 2-hr team session per week
  • 5:1 student to instructor ratio

Find Your Program and Start Date and Sign Up Now!

All classes are VIRTUAL (learn from home) and taught by live instructors.
All times are in EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Pick your weekly time and start date to begin learning.

Don’t see a time that works for you? Request a time.

Why Parents and Children Love MakerKids

Expert Facilitators

With a passion for youth and technology, our Maker Mentors recognize the uniqueness of your child and fosters their creative side and joy for STEM. Maker Mentors are trained to have students focus on the why and discover the logic behind the code instead of following a prescriptive set of instructions.

Engaging Curriculum

Weekly programs are built for all interests and experience levels. See the excitement in your child as they watch their work come to life. All classes include mini-lessons on internet safety and computer literacy so your child is better prepared to navigate the digital world.

Social Connections

With a 5 to 1 child to staff ratio and a focus on collaborative problem solving our classes are designed for your child to actively participate. Parents are amazed at how fast their child opens up socially, as they connect and build friendships with like-minded children.

Testimonial

“Our kids also enjoy learning a new coding language and I’ve watched my younger one who started off being a bit shy and unwilling to share online to make new friends and became one of the most talkative ones in class.”

– Debbie Fung

Success Story

Max, age 11

  • After starting our prorgram, Max taught a coding class at his school. Over a 10 week period, Max taught 60 different students after school, starting from grade 2.
  • Max was a top four finalist for Best Game at his school’s street fair. He was even visited by the school district Vice President!

Meet An Instructor

Meet Ariel, One of Our Maker-Mentors

Certified Teacher with a Background in Early Childhood Education

Hello, my name is Ariel! I have worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club. I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where I graduated with the highest distinction. More simply put, I love learning.
Specialties: Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!