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ADVENTURES IN GAME DESIGN – MINECRAFT

NEW! ADVENTURES IN GAME DESIGN – MINECRAFT

Minecraft Game Design Camp for Kids

Ages: 7-9 (Must turn 7 by 12-31-14)
Duration: Weeklong Day Camp
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Ratio Guarantee: 8 Students per Instructor

FEATURED SOFTWARE

Minecraft

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore and put your problem-solving skills to the test with storyboarding and level design with Minecraft. Many schools—even universities—are adopting the Minecraft platform to help with reading, writing, math and science.  But let’s just tell our kids it’s a video game, OK? Take breaks with supervised outside play, sports and techtivities.

Looking for something different? View our lineup of Minecraft summer camps.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

At iD, balance is very important. Our Minecraft game design courses are fun and engaging, and completely unlike school. We want you to develop genuine passion for STEM subjects, and keep coming back year after year. If it’s not fun—and if you don’t learn a lot—we know you won’t return. You can expect roughly 5 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for supervised breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative techtivities. Many clients describe the total iD experience as “magical” and “unlike anything else.” We work hard to make the experience unique, memorable, and valuable.

SKILL LEVEL

IS THIS MINECRAFT GAME DESIGN COURSE APPROPRIATE FOR YOU?

This course has no prerequisites, other than a love for Minecraft! The curriculum is customized for beginner to advanced learners ages 7-9 (Min Age: Must turn 7 by 12-31-14). Curriculum is delivered in small student clusters and individually tailored for each student in this video game camp.

TOP 10 SKILLS GAINED

CONCEPTUAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Introduction to 3D level design
  • Introduction to 3D modeling
  • Introduction to world building skills
  • Texture and symbol design
  • Introduction to world building skills with MCEdit

 

SOFTWARE & HARDWARE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Minecraft

 

STEM & 21st CENTURY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Project planning

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Because Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in history, we build off of this momentum to inspire originality and smart game-making. Whether you are a veteran or new to the game, this is your chance to explore, build, and develop new skills. Put your construction skills to the test. This Minecraft class is a great choice for students just beginning to discover the power of technology.

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.

INSTRUCTION

8:1 STAFF RATIO GUARANTEE

We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.

HOW WE TEACH | PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION

Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. Most of our courses at iD Tech Camps are for beginner through advanced students.

You’ll spend approximately 5 hours on the computer each day, balanced with a common-sense dose of outdoor fun. We take frequent breaks and play outside. Up for an organized sport? So are we! Grab a disc and arrange a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We also provide chess sets, board games, cards, and a variety of traditional summer camp activities. Our goal is to make learning fun, so that students want to keep coming back to learn more each year.

ADULT-ONLY STAFF, NO COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING

Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

HOURS & TUITION

DAY CAMP HOURS & TUITION

Ages: 7-17
Check-In: 8-9AM Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6PM Mon-Thurs, Fri 3-4PM (varies by site)
Tuition: $799-$1029/week USD. All taxes included.
Commuter Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $55/week

OVERNIGHT CAMP HOURS & TUITION

Ages: 10-17
Check-In: Sunday 6PM
Pick-Up: Friday 3-4PM (times may vary)
All Inclusive: Add $539-$639/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TUITION?

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

SAMPLE DAY

7:30am: Overnight Campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as sausages, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit.

8am-9am: Check-in. All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.

9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech fun begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.

12pm: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the iD Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or laze under a shady tree outside with an iD instructor.

1pm: Back to the labs!

2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Gaming tournaments? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.

3:30pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!

5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.

5pm-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers.

6pm: Dinner for Overnight Campers.

7pm: Overnight Camp students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.

10pm: Lights out for Overnight Campers.

REVIEWS

MINECRAFT GAME DESIGN CAMP REVIEWS

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“Excellent opportunity for your child to learn what it takes to make the games they play every day! It is work your child will love to do!” -Michael I., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft

“Our daughter loved it! It was a great boost for her self confidence and helped her develop skills that she can enjoy for a long time.” -Nancy G., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“My son is now more than ever excited about computers and the infinite possibilities that they afford. It also taught him to use his imagination when using computers and not to rely on what already exists. This has been an overall wonderful and exciting experience for him. It is one that he will never forget. He came home everyday talking about it. He usually describes his experiences as good. This time I got details.” -Lisa H., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“Our daughter had a great week here! She loved applying her creativity in new ways and enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends.” -Robyn L., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“Our son really blossomed at iD Tech Camps this year. Our normally quiet and shy child talked and talked about how great his instructor was and even commented about other classmates being helpful along the way.” -Heather P., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“Wow, can’t believe how much the kids learned in one week…from knowing NOTHING about the game application, to walking out with a completed game, amazing! My son loved being at iD Tech Camps!” -Nicole Q., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“After the first day my son’s evaluation of camp was “concentrated heaven.” Thanks for a great experience!” -Libby F., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“The first day of camp, my son came home and said that he finally met kids that were like him. He’s never been so excited about ANYTHING before. He’ll be back.” -Gina K., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“Great camp experience. Very well organized. Loved the efficiency and security of drop off and pick up. Kids loved having the lunch option to eat at the student cafeteria. We would definitely do this camp again.” -Ellen I., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft
“You took my son who doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere and made him come alive. We will definitely be back.” -Daun W., parent, Adventures in Game Design – Minecraft

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why is iD Tech Camps the World’s #1 Tech Camp?

  • Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor
  • Qualified, tech-savvy staff customize curriculum
  • Innovative curriculum powered by iD Game Plan
  • The latest tech products from Autodesk®, Adobe®, Google, Apple®, Microsoft®, etc.
  • The university experience
  • Age-appropriate kids camps plus more intensive teen-only programs

Where and when is this course offered?

This course is offered at top universities across the United States. View Locations & Dates.

How much do your camps cost?

Please visit our Tuition page.

Can you tell me more about your flex hours?

We know you’re busy. Commuting students participating in our day camps can check-in between 8am-9am daily, and check-out between 5pm-6m. There is no extra cost for flex hours—it’s built into tuition.

What if I get sick, have summer school, or need to make changes?

You can register now and make as many changes as you like (locations, dates, courses, etc.) up until 3 weeks to the start of your session—with no change fees. Once inside the 3-week window, there is a $35 change fee.

You can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Should you need to cancel because of summer school, family vacation, etc., there is a $250 non-refundable deposit per week. Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the start of camp will be charged the full value of the tuition and are not refundable.

How do I find out if the course I want is still open for enrollment?

For info, check Locations & Dates.

How do I register?

Registering online is the fastest way to get into camp. Visit:

iD Tech Camps for Kids or

All Teen Programs

Or, call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227 to register by phone. You can also email us at info@iDTech.com.

I loved this course! Can I take it again?

Yes, you can take a course multiple times. You can choose to repeat the same course, building on your skills. Our curriculum is very deep, and has enough challenging content for a full summer. Another popular option is to enroll in a different course each week, thereby gaining a comprehensive introduction to a certain tech genre. It is beneficial to develop well-rounded skills in video game design, programming, photography & filmmaking, web design and more.

What do campers eat?

All meals are included with our overnight programs. Day campers have the option of purchasing the lunch plan or bringing a sack lunch. The lunch plan is recommended, but not mandatory. If the lunch plan is purchased, lunch is provided Monday – Friday. Many university dining facilities do not permit outside food to be brought into the dining hall; students bringing bag lunches may eat outside of the dining hall with their classmates and instructors.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.

What if my student already has experience?

With our continually evolving curriculum, experienced students and iD alumni will be able to move along faster and more independently, or collaborate utilizing our customized lessons. You’ll still receive our gold standard one-on-one instruction (maximum of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed).

Do you have any teen programs?

Yes. Jump to All Teen Programs.

Do you use Macs or PCs at iD Tech Camps?

We use both platforms at our summer computer camps. We attempt to mirror the industry standard in each of our summer camp courses. We find that it is an important skill to be proficient on BOTH platforms.

What “off-computer” activities are there?

Balance is the key to every week at iD. While we are in the labs for roughly 5 hours daily, we take time out for outdoor activities. Choose from organized outdoor games, movie nights, talent shows, additional gaming competitions, and campus tours. Activities are divided by age and interest whenever possible, and may vary by location.

Where do your instructors come from?

Our staff is family. Each member of our team comes to us with a blend of spirit, energy, enthusiasm, knowledge of technology, and experience with kids and teens. Our goal is to ensure that every location is comprised of skillful, returning camp counselors along with new instructors who bring a fresh perspective to camp.

Many of our instructors are graduate and undergraduate students in Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Film, Programming, and other related fields. Often, these instructors come from the same recognized universities where we host our summer programs including Stanford, MIT and Columbia University. Staff members undergo in-person training as well as extensive background checks each summer. We have a great crew that comes back year after year to create a unique and high-energy environment.

Why don’t you use Counselors-in-Training?

Distinguishing ourselves from most summer camps, we’ve respectfully created a “No CIT” policy. This guarantees that each student is instructed and supervised by paid adult staff members, ages 18 and older—not by teenagers of camp age.

Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling?

We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a new, user-friendly carpool application located in My Account. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past campers have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.

How do I contact you?

You can phone us as at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.