Game Design with Minecraft

  • Price: Starting at $949
  • Age: Ages 7-9
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Advanced
  • Format: iD Tech Camps | Small-Group, On-Campus
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 8 hours per day

About This Course

Make Minecraft your canvas as you bring your imagination to life! You'll learn the fundamentals of game design as you build your own adventure, construct unique levels, and craft an engaging world and story. Using game design principles and a bit of creative problem solving, you’ll add a personal touch to your Minecraft journey.

Topics Covered

  • Design levels and build custom maps
  • Build redstone circuits and machines to solve problems
  • Utilize command blocks to enhance the adventure
  • Discover game design principles and apply them to Minecraft

Course Format 

This course is part of a weeklong summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn in a lab on an inspiring university campus with a balanced daily schedule that allows for outdoor and recreational activities. Your child will learn from an experienced instructor in a small-group setting. Day and overnight options are available based on location.
 


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. 

Students will explore adventure maps and brainstorm ideas for their own custom maps and stories.

Using imaginative storytelling, students will block in the basic layout of their dungeon map and develop a detailed environment with props and signage.

As they continue crafting their map, students will learn how to implement redstone circuits and puzzles to add new mechanics to their world.

On the way to finalizing their project, students will learn how to use command blocks to create a hub world, checkpoints, and a mob arena.

Now it’s time for polishing! Students will wrap up by beta-testing their game with their peers at the showcase.

Portfolio-Boosting Diploma & Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech diploma and course 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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids can create command blocks - which are sets of instructions - in order to add a customized feature or action to existing gameplay. For example, different command blocks can change the weather, allow players to teleport, and more!

The learning benefits of Minecraft are as endless as the world itself. From game design, to coding, to activating kids’ creativity and critical thinking skills, Minecraft offers a wealth of learning opportunities beyond hours of entertainment.

While we are a tech program with the goal of transforming your child’s interests into real-world STEM skills, we are also a summer camp. Simply put, camp is a balance of learning and fun! Students learn in small groups in labs on a prestigious college campus and from expert instructors who are trained to inspire and engage.

Day camps kick off with icebreakers and team-building before jumping into coursework for most of the morning. When it’s time for lunch, your child will walk from the computer lab to the dining hall as they take in the beauty of campus. Students return to the learning labs in the afternoon for more coursework, followed by an afternoon break where they will have the chance to take part in outdoor game time and more campus discovery before wrapping up with instruction!

Overnighters work until dinner, and are then off to create deeper connections and memories while gaming, watching movies, and more. All together, days and nights are filled with learning and adventure that builds lifelong friendships. 

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. Instructors are trained to be in tune with students’ unique needs and provide a personalized learning experience. 

In addition to valuable tech skills, kids and teens leave camp with new relationships, resilience, critical thinking opportunities, and an even greater love for tech (if that’s possible!).

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive a transcript outlining everything they learned over the week. They’ll also take home an iD Tech t-shirt, water bottle, and a USB with their course project files, along with access to installation and setup guides so they can continue working at their own pace.

Yes! You can register today for as little as $250 per student, and pay the balance in convenient monthly installments. You can save $50 by registering for multiple sessions, and you can earn $25 in credit for each new friend referral (your friend saves $25 when they sign up too!). 

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.

If your child will be bringing a phone to camp, they’ll be able to access their device to update you on their adventures and take selfies with their new friends during break times.

While many kids can’t stop talking about their days at camp, others are kids of few words. Our camp staff are here to help, taking pictures of campers in action! Our photos page is regularly updated to showcase all of the fun taking place at camp.

During our Friday Family Showcase, loved ones get to see their camper’s final project while interacting with camp staff and learning about the week, skills gained, and more. 

With online options including virtual camps, teen academies, and private lessons, there is a program that fits your child’s interest, skill level, goals, and importantly, schedule. Inspiring instructors, customized curriculum, and topics your child can’t get enough of—sound familiar? Everything there is to love about our in-person summer camps, taught online, live by our elite instructors. 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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