Adventures in 3D Game
Design with Minecraft™

1 week • 9am – 5pm
Kids • Ages 8 – 12
Beg – Adv
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Experience Roles
of a Game Designer

Explore the many jobs required to develop video games: programmer, game designer, architect and artist.

Modify Minecraft™ Game Objects

Take your problem-solving skills to the next level while learning to build and modify amazing Minecraft worlds.

Build Together
As A Team

Collaborate as a group to build an Adventure Map, while learning the importance of teamwork.




Camp Overview

Take your problem-solving skills to the next level while learning to build and modify amazing Minecraft worlds. Minecraft is for game makers. As you create a virtual world, you also explore the different roles required to develop a video game, including: programmer, game designer, architect and artist. After learning the basics of each role, you will concentrate on one or two roles, while working together as a development team to build an Adventure Map.



A WELL-BALANCED EXPERIENCE

At DMA, it’s amazing to see how much kids learn and develop during a single week. Our goals are to mentor students into becoming lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of accomplishment within each one of them. We also strongly believe in a well-balanced camp experience. In addition to class time, we provide Adventures campers with two “unplugged” outside breaks each day. During these breaks, we offer a wide range of recreational, team-based and character-building activities. We see this as the perfect opportunity to help campers make new friends and increase their personal confidence.


Camp Details

  • Age: 8 – 12
  • Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
  • No game-design or programming experience required
  • Software: Minecraft

What You’ll Learn

  • How to build an Adventure Map with Minecraft™
  • Using the tag editor to customize game elements
  • How to be a team player in a simulated game-production environment
  • Team roles: programmer, game designer, architect and artist
  • Basics of Adobe® Photoshop®
  • How to tell a story with video games
  • Basics of game design
  • Building a Minecraft™ world, using MC Edit or World Edit
  • How to use redstone and command blocks

What You’ll Create

  • A Minecraft™ Adventure Map

Required for Camp

IMPORTANT: All students are required to have a Minecraft account for this class. You can purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Students must bring their account login when they come to class.


Skills and Experience

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Real-World Skills

  • Game planning and Adventure Map building
  • How to tell a story with video games
  • How to create assets and implement them in a project

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Personal Development

  • Understanding the importance of teamwork
  • Using constructive criticism to improve your project
  • Mastering creative problem-solving skills

Instruction

6:1 STAFF RATIO

Our average student-to-staff ratio for Adventures camps is 6:1 and, in some cases, this ratio is even lower. DMA’s Adventures instructors include industry professionals, technology educators and talented, upper-level university students who have a genuine passion for inspiring young learners.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Our amazing team of curriculum developers and year-round staff has built a fun and engaging learning experience that accommodates a wide range of ages and abilities. This, along with a very skilled instructional staff and low student-to-staff ratio, allows us to individualize lessons, customize the learning experience and offer plenty of personalized, one-on-one time for each student.

Instructors with Teaching Assistants…The Key to Success

Our lead instructors are supported by outstanding teaching assistants. By having both lead instructors and capable teaching assistants in our camps, we ensure that our staff members are refreshed and motivated each day – and that our students receive more individualized attention.

“I enjoyed learning how to use Redstone
in Minecraft and making the adventure map!”

Tamia S, Adventures in 3D Game Design with Minecraft Student



Sample Camp Day

Time Activity
7:30 am Enjoy a Healthy & Delicious Breakfast (Only Applies to Stanford Extended Day Add-on Students)
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Learn & Understand)
10:30 am Outdoor Break & Snack
11:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Apply What You’ve Learned & Practice Together)
12:00 pm Enjoy Lunch (Meal Provided with All Lunch Plan add ons & Stanford Extended Day Plan Students Only)
1:00 pm Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Create, Test, Evaluate & Improve)
2:30 pm Outdoor Break & Snack
3:00 pm Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Review & Share)
5:00 pm Student Pick-up (Extended Day Students Enjoy Dinner Until 6:30 p.m.)

FAQs

What exactly is Minecraft™?

Minecraft is what’s known as a “sandbox” game, which lets players create their own game world. It allows users to free-build whatever they want with blocks of material they mine from the ground. Players have made everything from working computers to full-scale models of cities from the Lord of the Rings films. Think of Minecraft as virtual LEGOs.

Do students need a Minecraft™ account for camp?

Yes. All students are required to have a Minecraft account for this camp. You can purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft ($26.95) at minecraft.net/store. Students must bring their account information when they come to class.

I do not want my child playing Minecraft™ all day. Is that what this camp is?

No, we use Minecraft as a learning platform. Campers explore the many jobs required to develop games: such as programmer, game designer, architect and artist. After learning the basics of each role, students concentrate on one or two roles while working together as a development team and then learn how to build a Minecraft Adventure Map. Minecraft is used as a motivational tool for learning.

My child's mods/designs were loaded onto a flash drive. How can they use them at home?

All Minecraft files used in camp and loaded on students’ flash drives can be opened in Minecraft.

My child is going to be 12 years old during the time of the camp. Are these camps appropriate?

Since your camper is 12, it is a matter of preference as to whether they participate in our Teen programs or our Adventure programs. It comes down to where they are comfortable. If this is their first experience with this type of camp and they may not have interacted with too many older kids yet, the Adventures programs may be a good way to ease them into a camp experience.

Since this camp is all day-long, is lunch provided?

Lunch is not provided automatically, it is an available option that can be added to your registration. Alternatively, campers can bring their own lunch with them. Adding the lunch option usually entitles them to go into a cafeteria or dining hall and pick and choose from a buffet-style selection. Please note that availability will vary from location to location. It is also recommended that campers are sent with a water bottle and some snacks to sustain them through the day.

Your camps look amazing. I am genuinely interested in selecting some camps for my child. How do I proceed with the registration?

Registration can be completed online through our website from start to finish. You will be asked to create an account with your information and your child’s before processing a payment and finalizing your selection. Registration can also be completed by calling 866-656-3342 and speaking with a Guest Service Representative.

Why are some of your camps more expensive than others? Can I choose which level I want for my camper?

Our camp prices are determined by age range. The different categories are Junior Adventures for ages 6-8, Adventures for ages 8-12, Teen for ages 12-17, and Pro for ages 15 and up. Based upon how old your child is, that will determine what your base tuition cost is. Certain course options will be extra.

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