Adventurers: Ages 8-12
Adventurers: Ages 8-12
Minecraft Modding: Part 1 (2 hours)
|Date & Times||(duration 2 hours 15 minutes)|
|Price||£175.00 (25% off the second course when booking 2 or more)|
In this course we channel your child’s passion for gaming into fun, action-packed classes whilst learning key computer skills. Throughout the lessons, students will learn how to make their own awesome Minecraft ‘mods’ and code for the game through a course of creeper smashing, world-building and sheep-shooting fun!
In this course, students will use a block-based programming language to code and create their own in-game items, weapons, and structures. The course aims to engage young learners through creative coding projects in the popular online game, and give them a thorough grounding in computational principles. By applying coding skills to Minecraft, students will learn how to use key coding concepts like loops, functions, variables, and conditionals.
Information for parents
We ask that - for at least the first session - an adult is available to help your child with their set-up in order to avoid any delays. Setting this software up is easy and we will provide you with comprehensive set-up instructions before your lessons begin, so do check your email! Minimum computer specs can be found on the Minecraft website. As part of the course you will need to download Minecraft Java Edition. We will provide LearnToMod accounts, but you are welcome to purchase your own if you want to continue using your account after the course ends. But don't worry! We will provide more information on everything you need to set up once you have booked.
This is a sample schedule to show how our virtual lessons are structured.
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently.
45 minutes of focused coding, led by our fantastic teachers. Students will face new challenges, solidify their knowledge of coding concepts and flex their creativity!
Students will complete quizzes and challenges to test their knowledge and share their work.
I liked getting to play on the server with all of the others
Student, aged 11
How does it work?
- We have a maximum teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
- Our courses and virtual classroom have been extensively user-tested and refine to ensure they offer the best possible learning experience
- Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
Each student will need...
- A high-spec laptop or computer with a high-speed internet connection (find out more about laptop requirements below)
- A headset/earphones
- A webcam and microphone
- An adult to help set up - before each session we will email instructions on how to set up out video conferencing software
- A Minecraft license (you can rent one from us)
- 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)
Customer feedback has told us that students joining late can be disruptive for other learners. Therefore, we have imposed a cut-off time for joining lessons. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a lesson, they will not be admitted. Late students will be able to catch up using recordings of the lesson and additional learning resources.
Recordings of lessons
All online lessons will be recorded, and recordings will be uploaded to the class padlet as a resource for students who have missed a lesson, or who want to watch again. Recordings will only be available to students in the class, the class teacher and the BlueShift team. Recordings will be deleted seven days after the course ends.
Can I book individual days?
We do not allow individual day bookings for our online courses. The length and composition of the course is designed carefully so that students can work on different concepts and projects at certain points within the course. Therefore we believe that individual day bookings would both be disruptive to the rest of the class, and benefit the child attending partial days less. We want all children to leave our online courses feeling like they have accomplished a goal - joining for a day or two might leave your child unsatisfied!
If you are not available for all of the sessions, you can still book a course. When you sign up to a class, you will receive a link to a Padlet which will have the solution code available for each lesson. Therefore if your child has to miss a lesson, they can log-in outside of the classroom and catch up!
You can also book our 1:1 online tuition which offers more flexibility.
What laptop or computer is suitable for this class?
The full specification can be found here, but to summarise:
Chromebooks and tablets are not suitable for this course.
Is adult presence required?
For children that are 6-7 years old, we ask that a parent or adult is able to stay for the full session. Younger students might require more assistance and we will need to assess they ability during the session. The parent might only need to be there for the first 15 minutes, but they should stay nearby.
Do I need to install anything prior to the class?
Yes, to do this class, you will need to have the latest version of Minecraft downloaded onto your computer. We will send you full setup instructions beforehand.
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.
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.
What's your money back guarantee?
We know that not all coding languages are to everybody's taste. That being said, we're so confident that all of our students will enjoy their time with us, that we have a money back guarantee for ALL of our courses! If your child doesn't like the course after the first lesson, we'll offer to move them to a different class or refund the price of the remaining lessons - no problem. We might just ask why the course didn't suit them to help improve the experience for future BlueShift students.
"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"