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Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition

For Grades 3-8

If they’re going to play video games this summer, they might as well learn along the way!

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A summer program designed to keep Michigan students busy & learning

They want to play video games. You want them to learn… But what if you could both get what you want?

During Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition, students will be transported to the virtual island of Pangea where they will be asked to use their creativity and ingenuity to complete educational challenges in the world of Minecraft: Education Edition.

With 4-weeks worth of self-directed challenges, your child will learn at their own pace and engage their literacy, math, and coding skills. These challenges are designed to be repeatable, so students can start over upon completion and tackle them in a new way.

Pricing & Calendar

For $49.95, your child will receive access to Minecraft: Education Edition until Labor Day (September 7, 2020) along with 4-weeks worth of educational challenges designed to be repeatable upon completion.

Access Begins:
June 8, 2020

Access Ends:
September 7, 2020

Why Minecraft: Education Edition?

While many students are familiar with the original version of Minecraft, the educational version offers a variety of features not available in the traditional game.

For example, the Code Builder is a feature unique to Minecraft: Education Edition that teaches students the basics of coding while they’re building structures in the game. In addition, students have the opportunity to download and engage with hundreds of educational challenges created by teachers across the globe.

How does it work?

Upon purchase, students will receive instructions on how to download Minecraft: Education Edition and the world of Pangea.

Inside this virtual world, students will be guided through educational challenges by their virtual camp counselor, Minecraft Steve, who will provide directions on how to perform basic in-game functions and complete challenges, including:

  • Survival 101 — Create a structure that addresses a person’s food, shelter, and water needs
  • VIP Dream Home — Interview a friend or family member and build their dream home based on interests and needs
  • Book/Movie Setting — Build a scene from your favorite book or movie
  • Build a Town — Build a town that has its own infrastructure
  • Create a Zoo or Museum — Use the items/animals you’ve collected throughout the challenges to build a museum/zoo

What will my child learn?

Our customized Minecraft world will engage students’ math and literacy skills, along with “Level Up!” options that teach students the basics of coding.

Additionally, students will be asked to exercise key 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Check out the “sneak peek” below to see how these skills will be used in action!

Sneak peek: Build a town challenge

Here’s an example of what one of our educational challenges will look like and how they will keep your child’s mind engaged this summer.

In this challenge, students will be asked to design and build a town on the virtual island of Pangea. In doing so, they will use the following skills:

  • Math skills — By designing buildings to scale
  • Coding skills —By coding their “agent” to build a road through town
  • Civics skills — By considering the needs of communities within the town
  • Literacy skills — By journaling about how they might handle an emergency situation in this town
  • Critical thinking — By analyzing what infrastructure the town will need to thrive, including water sources, food sources, emergency buildings, etc.
  • Creativity — By designing an entire town in whatever way they think is best!
  • Communication — By creating signs throughout the city to explain the function of different structures

Important Information

Before registering for this online summer camp, here are some things you should know:

  • Access ends on Labor Day — Upon registration, students will be granted access to Minecraft: Education Edition until Labor Day (September 7, 2020) at which point they will lose access to this program.
  • Compatible with most computer devices & iPad — Minecraft: Education Edition can be downloaded on all computer devices except Google Chromebooks. It is compatible with iPads; however, some students have experienced trouble with older model iPads in previous years. For PC devices, Windows 10 is the recommended operating system. This program is NOT available for video game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch.
  • Limited to one device — Once a student begins their challenges on the Minecraft: Education Edition platform, we recommend they complete the rest of their work for camp on the same device, as their work will be saved to that device. If your child will be traveling or visiting relatives this summer, you might consider using a portable device (e.g. a laptop or iPad) for your student to complete their work.
  • No refunds available —  No refunds will be available for Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition.
  • Not eligible for academic credit — While our Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition challenges students to keep their minds active over the summer, it is not eligible for academic credit.

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