Adventurers & Innovators: Ages 8-14
Adventurers & Innovators: Ages 8-14
|Age||8 to 12|
|Date & Times||21st December / St. John's Notting Hill|
|Location||St Johns Church, 152 Lansdowne Cres, London W11 2NN|
Join us for our winter holiday Minecraft Modding workshop! In this course, campers will learn how to make their own awesome Minecraft ‘mods’ and code for the game through a week of creeper-smashing, snowball-flinging, and snowman-building fun - all whilst learning key computing skills. Our campers will be using a block-based programming language to code and create their own in-game items, weapons, and structures while improving their programming skills!
Information for parents
This course is suitable for both beginner and advanced students, however, we advise that students are familiar with basic coding concepts.
Chromebooks are not suitable for this course as they are not compatible with Minecraft Java Edition. A laptop with minimum i3 processor and 4GB RAM is required - you can find more detailed information in our FAQ's section. If you’re not sure whether your laptop is suitable, get in touch and we can help. If you do not have a suitable laptop for this course, you can rent one at checkout.
First off we'll get to know our teacher and classmates through some great mini games. Once we're all friends, we'll be introduced to our activity for the day. Let's jump in to coding!
Now that we've had a healthy snack, we're ready to get right back into our activity. We'll carry on flexing our creative muscles by designing, coding and building our project.
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
It's time to finish off our project for the day and show it off to the rest of the class. Time has flown by - let's tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
My favourite part was making the texture packs
Student, aged 9
How does it work?
- We have an average teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
- Real-time communication with parents through our online platform means you can stay updated with what your child is up to
- Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
What to bring?
- A nut-free packed lunch and reusable water bottle
- A face mask to be worn when entering the building and in corridors
- Weather-appropriate clothing, so your child can enjoy outdoor play
- A high-spec laptop (with passwords and chargers) - if you don’t have this, you can borrow one from us before you checkout
- A readiness to have fun!
- BlueShift teaching staff are coding professionals, who are passionate about passing their expertise onto children - many have previously taught at prestigious schools
- Teachers undergo a rigorous application and training process, ensuring we get the best of the best
- All teachers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Campers should not be brought to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. In the case of a camper who has become ill during camp hours, parents will be notified immediately to pick their child up. If a child misses a day or multiple days of camp because of an illness, credit towards another camp can be arranged for when they're feeling better.
You can cancel your camp booking up to 14 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking less than 14 days before, you can receive 50% refund or full credit towards future courses when cancelling between 13-7 days before, or full credit when cancelling less than 7 days before. If we are unable to run our camps, you will receive credit or a full refund.
What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
At BlueShift, our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff. That's why we have thought carefully about our upcoming camps and what we can do to ensure we keep our community safe. Please read our COVID-19 Camps Policy Overview FAQ for more information on how we are doing this.
Please be aware these policies will be shared with you in more detail closer to the beginning of camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
A laptop! Using a laptop from home means your child can save their own work! If you don't have a laptop to bring, you can borrow one from us when you make your booking. An iPad will not be enough for this course. Not any laptop will work, you can find out required specifications in the next FAQ.
Any laptop chargers and a case to keep the laptop safe!
A packed lunch (not including nuts) and reusable water bottle
Weather appropriate clothing for outside play
With respect to COVID-19 we ask that parents provide their child with a mask to take with them for when they are entering and leaving camp. Masks are not required in classrooms.
A note with all necessary passwords written down. If you are using your own Minecraft license, make sure you have the login details written down
What laptop or computer is suitable for this class?
The full specification can be found here, but to summarise:
Do I need to install anything prior to the camp?
Yes, to do this camp, you will need to have the latest version of Minecraft downloaded onto your computer. If you are borrowing a laptop from us, everything will be set up! If you are having problems installing Minecraft, the teacher can help you do it in the morning of the first day.
You will also need to have 2 accounts for this course:
Minecraft Account - This is the username and password that you use to log on to Minecraft. It can be the same login that your child usually uses. If you child is playing Minecraft on an iPad, they might not have a license.
You can purchase a Minecraft Account here or rent one of our to use during the class
LearnToMod Account - This is the username and password that students will use to access the LearnToMod website. We will provide one of our accounts to use during the course, but you are welcome to purchase your own account if you want to keep your work and continue modding. You can purchase your account here.
Can I switch camp dates incase holiday plans change?
Yes! Read our CampShift policy for more information.
"Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."
"These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"
"My son was very keen to advance in programming. Not only has this been achieved, but his self-esteem has been greatly raised through your work. Thank you!"
"The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"