In our weekly Mini Makers Minecraft program kids gain invaluable computer experience (navigating graphical interfaces, mouse and keyboard control, interacting with the operating system, etc.) while also being introduced to more advanced concepts such as remote servers and running commands. Most importantly of course they’ll be communicating and collaborating with a team of other kids equally excited about Minecraft learning how to be a good netizen while making friends and having fun.
Whether a kid is new to using computers and is simply practicing with controls, has been online for years and wants to start coding their own games or administering their own server, or anywhere in between, Minecraft is a fun and social platform to engage on.
Skills Learned: Social Skills, Patience, Communication, Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Coding, 3D Design
Breaks and games are also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team-building.
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:
- Keyboard and mouse usage and coordination
- Redstone Basics
- Creating Power (Inputs)
- Using Power (Outputs)
- Project: Auto-Door
- Repeaters (extending power)
- Powering Blocks
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.
Requirements for In-Person Programs:
- None! You can use one of our laptops or bring your own, if it has the specs below
Basic Requirements for Virtual Programs:
- 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.