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Minecraft Modding in Java

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 13 - 17
  • Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 2 hours per day

About This Course

Go beyond the fundamentals and get straight to production-level Java coding with Minecraft. You'll modify a living code base in this ever-popular game, creating custom tools, blocks, and mobs. Unleash the power of Java while gaining critical problem-solving skills for future careers and personal projects.

Tools: Minecraft Java Edition, Java, IntelliJ

Topics Covered

  • Use variables, functions, and control structures to customize Minecraft
  • Code in Java
  • Create Minecraft mods
  • Develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills

Sample Schedule

In this course, students will develop their Minecraft modding with Java knowledge through a combination of interactive, instructor-led lessons, collaboration, and independent project work. 

Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and overall student experience. 

To begin, students will discuss Minecraft mods and learn how the code is structured. As an example, they will examine how to utilize Java to add custom ore into the game.

Focusing on custom items, students will build on previous concepts to code items with functionality and custom textures. Then, they will expand on that knowledge by creating custom tools and learning about recipes and JSON coding.

Next, students will construct code for custom blocks with functionality and textures and expand on JSON knowledge with block drops. 

Students will take their Java programming knowledge even further by creating a unique mob with attributes. They will use 2D art to customize any item, block, tool, or mob that has been created.

To complete the week, finalize personal projects, share  and discuss their work with their peers, and expand on any mod added to the game. 

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

Learn from the best.

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 23 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. It's no surprise that iconic companies like Google, EA, Microsoft, and Disney hire the same talent we do. Our iD Certified instructors possess the whole package of skills that top employers seek.

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Think mod = modification. There are thousands of Minecraft mods, each of them designed to change the game in some way, whether with a special environment, ways to speed up the game, or some other customization, mods are part of why kids love Minecraft. Plus, they’re a surefire way to motivate kids to learn to code! With the power of Java coding, kids can mod Minecraft - or alter the game’s original code - by adding custom items and blocks to enhance gameplay and expand the open-world game even further.

For kids ready to hone their Java skills, Minecraft offers an engaging landscape of possibilities. Constructive game time that incorporates Java is an ideal bridge that connects valuable programming skills with the game kids already love. 

By developing sophisticated programming skills, teens will build a competitive edge in the fastest-growing STEM industries out there today. As an added bonus, Java is the language used in all AP computer science classes, not to mention professional programming, and is an essential language for any aspiring computer science major and future software engineer! 

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live  teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

To run an online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac or Windows computer (no Chromebooks, unless otherwise specified), Minecraft Java Edition, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Additional info on course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

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