Minecraft Java Mods

Minecraft Java Mods

Ages: 8-11*

By modifying (modding) Minecraft’s underlying code, kids create powerful objects and special powers that do not normally exist in the game.

Kids learn to code their own mods using a drag and drop interface - students literally “hack” the game and bring their imaginations to life - all while learning Java fundamentals (a widely used programming language).

Key Skills students will build in class:

  • Learn fundamentals of Java programming
  • Create Minecraft mods, blocks, and more!
  • Customize Minecraft using functions, variables, and control structures
  • Apply creativity and critical thinking skills

Each themed class below has a specific focus and can be taken in any order! Best of all, kids can test, play, and share their mods so the entire class can play together using their own Minecraft server.

Minecraft Java Mods: Gold

By constructing their own mods, kids will get to compete in fun Mini-Games including Blocky Races, Ravine Runner, Swoop De Loop, and many more as they go for the GOLD!!

Minecraft Java Mods: Iron

With a focus on building and creating tools, blocks, and other mods, students will get to show off their creativity in Lucky Blocks, Mob Madness, Wizard Wonder, The Haunted Mansion, and more!

Minecraft Java Mods: Diamond

Get ready to rumble! Kids design their own mods to help them in a variety of Mini-Games including Hungry Games, Rise of the Werebunnies, Spartan School, Spleef, Egg Wars and more. May the best MOD win!

Online Coding Camp/Class Schedules

Weekly Classes (1 hour/week for 8 weeks)

Looking for a different time? CREATE YOUR OWN CLASS for your child and 5 friends to fit your schedule. Prices start at $195 per child. Or consider a private class ($39-$59/hour).

Allowed in this class: Windows desktop or laptop, Mac desktop or laptop
Not allowed in this class: Chromebook, Tablet, iPad

Day Time Class Grade level Session Dates Price
Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST Minecraft Java Mods: Iron
Only one spot left!
Required: Java Minecraft Edition - Computer Version (no tablets/Chromebooks/game devices)
3rd - 5th Jan 6 - Feb 24 $225
Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST Minecraft Java Mods: Diamond
Required: Java Minecraft Edition - Computer Version (no tablets/Chromebooks/game devices)
3rd - 5th Jan 17 - Mar 7 $225
Minecraft Java Mods: Iron
Only one spot left!
Required: Java Minecraft Edition - Computer Version (no tablets/Chromebooks/game devices)
Day
Thursday
Time
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Grade Level
3rd - 5th
Session Dates
Jan 6 - Feb 24
$225
Minecraft Java Mods: Diamond
Required: Java Minecraft Edition - Computer Version (no tablets/Chromebooks/game devices)
Day
Monday
Time
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Grade Level
3rd - 5th
Session Dates
Jan 17 - Mar 7
$225

*These are recommended age ranges. We can adjust based on your child’s needs and abilities.

Java Coding for Kids

Why is Java a great programming language for kids to learn?

  • It’s a multiplatform language used on an array of devices and hardware.
  • There’s a wealth of online support for young coders too. Professional Java programmers who participate in online communities number in the millions.
  • Kids can code games and apps with Java, removing resistance to an academic-style learning experience.
  • Java can be made simpler through user-friendly interfaces and libraries.
  • Prepare children for future career opportunities and more advanced coding with knowledge of Java gained through fun experimentation!

Java Coding for Kids

If you’re thinking of having your kids learn Java, here’s a little-known fact for you: Spotify, Minecraft and Instagram are all built on Java. There’s so many possibilities and popular examples to drum up enthusiasm in your children. Java is one of the most prevalent coding languages. Also, it’s one of the most in-demand languages with employers, making it a good choice for kids’ futures.

Can beginners learn Java?

Although beginners can learn Java with special classes for kids, for beginners and younger children will feel betting starting with a simpler program. The program Scratch, for example, introduces them to programming with a visual program language prior to moving onto text-based concepts. Before moving on to Java, students of programming should understand several things: if – then statements, loops, functions and classes.

Why is Java a good programming language for kids?

The main reason it’s good for children is also one of the main reasons it’s so popular. Java can be used on an array of devices. Therefore, parents won’t need to invest in a fancy, high-spec computer for children to learn Java.

There’s no cost to download and begin with Java. Integrated Development Environments (IDE) like Eclipse can help kids write and organize code. There’s a wealth of online support for young coders too. Professional Java programmers who participate in online communities number in the millions. Stack Overflow is one such site.
A gigantic library of classes arrives with the Java program. Classes are sets of objects that enable certain functions in the program. Selecting between the classes will define the program’s capabilities.  Better yet, children can choose a “superclass,” which is a section of code that can serve as a “subclass” in a new program. This eliminates the need to rewrite everything, so in short, children can see results sooner with less legwork.
Another advantage of Java is that it’s more visual instead of relying on a typed command-line. This leads to a more user-friendly experience and interface for children. Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) like JavaFX are a visual toolkit of code components. They let children more easily add interactivity to their applications. For example, some classes you might recognize in Java GUI’s are widgets like buttons, text boxes and drop-down lists.  Part of the GUI is event handling, which brings interactivity from cursor movement or clicks.

What can children create with Java?

Java offers kids the chance to be creative and to develop games and apps. Children can create simple games like tic-tac-toe and feel accomplished. Yet the opportunities have a high range, including building data structures for music libraries on the more complicated end. Modding in the uber-popular game Minecraft uses Java. Kids love to hack in and change the code of the game. They can make new rules. Many kids are amenable to learning more about coding because of Minecraft.

What skill does Java teach and what opportunities does it offer?

Beyond general creative and imaginative exercise, Java endows children with more concrete skills too. Analytical and problem-solving abilities see a boost through Java. Attention to detail develops when students must write precise code. They also learn to experiment with different outcomes. Java can be a stepping-stone to more complicated programming languages. It’s used by companies large and small. Amazon, Google, Facebook and Android all use Java.

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