By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Minecraft, the popular video game that lets kids (and adults!) build their own virtual world from 3D blocks.
I’m planning to introduce my oldest daughter to Minecraft this summer. She’s really into LEGO and gaming on my Nintendo 3DS so I know she’s going to enjoy the merging of these two concepts into this fun game. Minecraft isn’t just about playing around and using her creativity though. There’s a lot she can learn about basic programming and the back end of gaming by playing Minecraft, and that’s why I’ve been reading up on Connected Camps’ Online Summer Camps in Minecraft.
Connected Camps offers summer camps in Minecraft online so anyone, anywhere, can participate. Kids can pick from several week-long programs focused on topics varying from in-game coding to game design. Each camp provides a connected learning experience that fosters creativity, collaboration, and problem solving, all moderated by counsellors via servers to answer questions and provide children with a safe online environment.
Connected Camps was started by three girl geeks on a mission to make coding and digital arts accessible and fun for all kids, and girls in particular. As a mom of two girls, I really appreciate this as girls tend to be left out of the programming and more “geek” inspired careers. That’s not to say that girls can’t find their way there anyway, but they often don’t have the same access when they are younger. I want my girls to have the STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) they need for their future success. I want them to know that girls can succeed in tech careers.
“More than 50% of all future STEM jobs will be in coding, and who better to fill those jobs than women? Research has shown that women excel at coding and with our Girls Summer Camps, girls can explore their STEM interests in a non-competitive setting. Our camps are designed to support girls in leveling up their skills in STEM topics like coding, game design, and survival mode. Turn an interest in Minecraft into a passion for designing, building, and making programs run!”
Connected Camps offers both co-ed and girls-only camps. Unfortunately, the girls-only camps are done for this summer, but I know I’ll have my eye out for them next year!
Summer of Minecraft camps are designed for kids ages 8-15, teaching them Minecraft coding, architecture, game design, engineering, and more. Courses run now until August 19th, and you can check out the schedule of summer camps here. Right now you can get 30% off when you sign up and use my coupon code: OLIVIA30!
Summer of Minecraft camps offer options to fit any Minecraft fan! Survival Camp teaches the basics of playing survival mode in Minecraft and helps kids learn to problem-solve, collaborate with others, exercise their imagination, and test and improve their designs. Engineering in Redstone teaches kids to use redstone power (electricity) and circuitry to transform their Minecraft world.
If your child is just into playing the game and building the best Minecraft city out there, they’ll love the Architecture camp where they’ll team up with other campers to build their own districts and link them up to create the ultimate Minecraft metropolis!
If your child has aspirations of being a game developer, sign them up for the Game Design in Minecraft course. Kids can design games ranging from action-oriented “sports” like Spleef to puzzles or story-based adventures, work to test and improve them, and eventually play their very own creation.
Or if your child is interested in behind the scenes, then the Beginning Coding in Minecraft summer camp will take them up a level by teaching them how to write basic programs and build their own project. No coding experience necessary!
Watch this video for a sneak peek on how the camps work!
Ready to sign up for this unique and fun camp? Just pick out your summer camp, and don’t forget to use the coupon code OLIVIA30 for 30% off!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.