Start your online adventure now. Experience our STEAM Learning Lab today!  Learn More---> 

Adventures in Minecraft and Java Programming

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Adventures in Minecraft and Java Programming

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Program and Create Custom Minecraft Mods

Students will be introduced to the world of programming with Java through one of their favorite platforms: Minecraft! At the beginning of the course, students will learn how to make mods in Minecraft through the fundamentals of Java.

Students will use a special coding environment, Code Kingdoms, to focus on event-based programming. By the end of the course, students will understand Java and be able to create personalized mods and game types.

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Bring Your Own Device requirements, Minecraft, Code Kingdoms

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Bring Your Own Device requirements, Minecraft, Code Kingdoms

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Students must have their own Minecraft accounts for camp. Purchase a Minecraft account here →

Course Information

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

What Students Learn

  • Basic programming concepts with Java
  • Project management and scoping
  • The game design process and playtesting
  • Events, iteration, and logic

What Students Create

  • Server-side, event-based mods for Minecraft
  • A game or adventure with a narrative
  • Balanced additions to an existing game

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 9-12 years old.

Register for this course

Select a region below

Loading course-overview...

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 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 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.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $95/week at select locations.

Extended Stay

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

“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 Digital Media Academy?

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

Passionate Staff

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

A 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, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

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