Java Coding: Build Mods with Minecraft

  • Price: Starting at $429
  • Age: Ages 10-12
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Meets daily for 2 hours Monday-Friday

About This Course

In this online version of our camp, you'll dig into the Minecraft source code to explore the fundamentals of Java, one of the most popular programming languages on the planet! As you unlock new skills, you’ll integrate custom tools and blocks into your very own adventure map in this open-ended game. This course introduces Java programming in an accessible way that's sure to prepare you for an exciting future in coding or game development.

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

Course Format

This course is part of a weeklong virtual summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn online with a small group of other students, in sessions led by expert instructors. Each day includes two hours of live instruction and peer collaboration plus two hours of self-paced project development. Learn more below. 


Sample Schedule

Here’s a sample of what a week in this course could look like. Keep in mind students will progress at varying paces, and this is meant to serve as an outline of key materials and the overall experience. 

To kick off the course, students will set up their modding package and learn how the Minecraft mod code is structured. With this foundational knowledge, they’ll add a custom ore to the game with Java.

Next, students will bring their focus to Minecraft items. They’ll build on previous concepts to create items with customized functionality and textures.

It’s time to build blocks! Students will construct code for custom blocks with unique functionalities and textures, expanding on JSON knowledge with block drops.

Students will employ their modding skills with a personal project. These projects might include creating a custom set of tools, custom armor, and/or using 2D pixel art to customize mods they’ve added to their game.

To wrap up the week, students will finalize their projects, beta-test their work with their peers, and make final adjustments to the mods they’ve added to their 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.

Elite Staff & Experienced Instructors

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 25 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. Each year iD instructors go on to be hired by the most prestigious tech companies in the world like Google, EA, Disney, Microsoft, and more. When your child learns from the best, they’ll unlock opportunities to become their best. 

  • 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

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FAQ

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.

Minecraft is an excellent way to introduce coding concepts to kids. Constructive game time that incorporates Java is an ideal bridge that connects valuable programming skills with the game kids already love. Learn more about Minecraft coding for kids

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!

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.

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac or Windows computer (no Chromebooks, unless otherwise specified), 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.

As courses frequently sell out, we recommend registering early to secure your child’s spot. You can make unlimited changes - with no fees - up to 14 days before the start of your session. If you need to cancel, you will receive a refund of the amount paid, less the payment plan fee (if applicable) and the deposit of $250 per week. No refunds are provided for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of your session.

Our Online Private Lessons offer 1-on-1 learning with our inspiring instructors, curriculum customized to your child’s needs, and a full range of STEM and other academic topics. It's as simple as selecting a lesson package and topic, and then choosing an instructor to schedule a 60-minute lesson at the date and time that works best for you. Learn more

Our Program Specialists are here to provide you with the best experience. Looking for a personalized course recommendation? Need help signing up? We’ve got you covered. Call us at 1-888-709-8324 or email hello@idtech.com.

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