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Adventures in Java Programming with Minecraft

Kids Camp  Ages 8-12

Program and Create Custom Minecraft Mods

Become a better crafter and gain valuable Java programming skills when you learn how to build personalized Minecraft mods. Work with a drag and drop code environment to construct Java code. Make mods for your very own minecraft server. Make a rapid fire bow and arrow, armor that lets you fly, or a dungeon with custom scripted events. Learn how to customize a player’s experience while keeping the game fun, balanced and unique.

You’ll start by programming using a drag and drop interface that lets you learn Java code without having to type everything out. As you get better and understand the code better, you can transition to writing pure Java to get things working exactly the way you want!

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software:
Minecraft, Java

Ages: Students 8-12
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Adventures Camp

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Ages: Students 8-12
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Adventures Camp
Hardware + Software: Minecraft, Java


Some programming experience is recommended, but not required. Students must have their own Minecraft accounts for camp. Purchase a Minecraft account here >>

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning.

What Students Learn

• Develop game components using object-oriented Java programming.
• 
Create custom mods for Minecraft™ using Java.
• Design new game modes, stories, and game mechanics.

• Understand game balance and design process.
• 
Create custom, personalized Minecraft™ mini-games, challenges, and narratives.

What Students Create

• A personal Minecraft Server.
• A unique mini game or adventure map with custom events.

More About This Course

Our Game Design courses will help you learn how to create your own video games using tools that that pros use. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of object-oriented programming using Java and use those skills to create events, enemies, and game mechanics. You’ll create your own server to build levels, implement your scripts, and challenge other students to beat you at your own game!

The Adventures Experience: Our Adventures camps give elementary level students a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems. This course is recommended for children aged 8-12 years old.

Our Game Design courses will help you learn how to create your own video games using tools that that pros use. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of object-oriented programming using Java and use those skills to create events, enemies, and game mechanics. You’ll create your own server to build levels, implement your scripts, and challenge other students to beat you at your own game!

What Students Learn

• Develop game components using object-oriented Java programming.
• Create custom mods for Minecraft™ using Java.
• Design new game modes, stories, and game mechanics.
• Understand game balance and design process.
• Create custom, personalized Minecraft™ mini-games, challenges, and narratives.


What Students Create

• A custom Forge mod

The Adventures Experience

Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 8-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

What Students Learn

• Develop game components using object-oriented Java programming.
• Create custom mods for Minecraft™ using Java.
• Design new game modes, stories, and game mechanics.
• Understand game balance and design process.
• Create custom, personalized Minecraft™ mini-games, challenges, and narratives.

What Students Create

• A personal Minecraft Server.
• A unique mini game or adventure map with custom events.

The Adventures Experience

Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 8-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Adventures in Java Programming with Minecraft even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us →

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Adventures in Java Programming with Minecraft even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us →

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Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition, and explore add-ons.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on STEM Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
 Low staff to student ratios
 Alumni Club Membership

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Camp Upgrades

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Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

DMA Online

Start learning now and get ready for camp when you register for an online course! DMA Online is $95 per course.

What Students Are Saying

“I loved having the resources to create code on my own and to make the mod that I wanted. My Quicksilver mod turned out really well!”

Luke C.
Adventures in Java Programming with Minecraft

Why DMA?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need a Minecraft account?

Yes. Without it, he or she won’t be able to access any of the mods they create to test and play them.

Does my child really have to have programming or modding experience to take this course?

Some programming OR modding experience is recommended, but not required. If they know programming, we can teach them modding. If they don’t have modding experience, we can teach them modding as long as they are up for the challenge!

Will my child just be playing Minecraft all day?

No. Minecraft is built with Java, and we use Minecraft as a teaching platform for Java. We will actually be programming in Java and adding new elements to to the game by making our own mods.

What exactly will my child be able to modify in Minecraft?

Note that we will be creating Server Side mods, meaning all the components added to the game will be event based. This means students can create new mechanics for their a custom server that they will create (like armor that lets you fly, or scripted conversations) but they won’t be able to add new items to the game, like new blocks and weapons. Note that this is a change from previous years we offered the course, where we made Client Side mods.

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