All the campers experienced flow this week as time flew by. One camper told me this morning " I can't believe how fast this went, it felt like 2 days." It flew by for me as well. I think that's the common theme among all the camps.
We've collaborated while learning science, technology, engineering and math. Take a look at the pictures from the week below.
We had such a great time and I look forward to seeing everyone again.
Don't forget to email me if you're interested in Learn to Mod or anything else we worked on this week.
Day 1 started with an introduction camp, the Officially Amazing Minecrafter Camp Booklet and the Survival Challenge. Once we got all the basics out of the way we opened up 3 servers. A basic biome creative world, an incredibly cool survival world with all the biomes in less than 2000 blocks (thx Shane Asselstine) and the tutorial world.
It was a great start as we were able to find out what the campers enjoyed and their level of game play.
After the basics we learned about redstone. Everyone worked on building a part of a theme park using redstone. Campers built incredible rollercoasters that would make the most iron stomached rider sick.
After lunch we worked on a different creative world. We had a partially built city from the previous camp in San Jose and we took it to a new level. We added, changed and customized the homes. The campers designed, engineered and constructed buildings that would impress anyone. Rooftop pools, modern style beds, powered subway systems, adventure theme park to name a few of the features.
All the campers received the 2015 Camp shirt at the end the day.
Today was a little different as we spent more time outside the game. One of the really important ideas I work to remind players is that we are all humans. It's easy to forget that there's a human behind the in-game avatar. To continue that human theme we collaborated to build the Marshmallow challenge. The kids were split into 5 groups and were tasked to build the tallest structure out of 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, some tape and string. Take a look at the pictures for more on the Marshmallow challenge.
We also jumped into command blocks. Command blocks are a great way to start kids with simple coding inside Minecraft. Campers were giving blocks, changing the weather, making game sounds and summoning creatures. Everyone was riveted by the power of simple commands.
Camp Flew by!!!
This was our first camp at Union Middle School and we were impressed. The campers were awesome and the school was great! Thanks to Janette and all the other UMS staffers who made it possible.
San Jose camp was a 2 day camp with 20 kids and 5 teachers. John spent most of the time working directly with the teachers while Chris worked with the kids.
We set up new challenges that the campers loved!
You should have seen the smiles when we handed out all the Minecraft giveaways during the 2-day camp :)
WElcome to Minecraft Camp
We started with the marshmallow challenge. It was challenging, but it helped all the campers get to know each other and learn about collaborative building. Many of the campers have little or no collaborative build experience (in minecraft). Collaborative building in the digital world is difficult for anyone, it took about 30 minutes of mild-chaos before all the campers settled into building the Pirate Ship group build.
In the room you'll hear lots of "can we...?" the answer: Yes
At minecraftercamp we love having fun, we just need to follow some basic rules like
Show your work
Be excited for others
We enjoyed a special presentation from a group of performers here at Cascade Academy while eating our lunch.
Today's Digital Creations
The Daily Schedule
Resources used today:
Redstone video by Adam Clarke: http://youtu.be/AXnbYrEbwHg
We sure had fun yesterday....
And even more today, keep reading to find out.
During the introduction of the day... "Can we start building now?" -Koen. The teachers looked at each other and realized how great it is in class when we have our students excited to work.
1pm we started the Water World challenge, a collaborative survival map. Groups of 8 students and adults worked together to establish a society. About half-way through one group found the mineshaft and suddenly Anne Marie yelled "I FOUND DIAMONDS" others rushed over "WHERE, WHERE, WHERE?" The game is popping.
All the adults found it amazing how much the students crafted in just 90 minutes in survival mode.
Just before we started the Zombie Apocalypse we handed out the Minecraft awards to each camper. Awards like "Most likely to crash a server" "Most likely to encourage others to create" "Most likely to explore new Minecraft worlds"
The much anticipated Zombie Apocalypse.
3pm everyone joined the server with the Renaissance city world. Everyone had about 8 minutes to arm themselves while in Creative mode. Then the count down, with shouts of "I'm not ready" "I need more time." It's an easy switch in MinecraftEDU to go from Creative to Survival Mode. Every player had diamond armor and weapons. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. All campers found a hiding place while John, Max (student and teacher camper) and I flew over the city raining zombies. The better players hid in deep holes, so the teachers teleported themselves to their holes and spawned a few zombies, cave spiders and bats (for added chaos).
Players fought hard, most had to respawn and were yelling "I need armor" "I need a sword"
At the very end we teleported all students to an auditorium while Max spawned a wither. For those of you who know what a wither is you know the destruction. For the rest of us, I can simply say the Zombie Apocalypse was over.
John and I had a blast with the Cambria camp and look forward to sharing the power of Minecraft in your area.
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Cambria Minecrafter Camp in 1min http://youtu.be/B-Lj5Oki8S4
Day 2 Resources:
Redstone Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrbnQVKP9oc
Day 2 Schedule
The room is electric with Minecraft fun. Campers are already building their own survival camp. We've set up 2 servers -Chris' survival server and John's creative server.
Check out Anne Marie's underwater house! She's digging a deep cave and crafting a comfortable living under the lake. So COOL!
"That's crazy! I Love it! That's so cool!" -statement from an adult camper.
In the slideshow below you'll see 7, 8 and 9 year olds building away. Koen (8yo) was unsatisfied with either servers so he created his own world and opened the LAN to his neighbors.
Nolan is building a base with redstone dispenser base to protect his area. Love the creativity!
"I need to keep mining to find diamonds!" -Monica
"I love your lighthouse Anne Marie" -John. Anne Marie used pistons to disguise glowstone blocks to create a flashing light effect.
Problem Solving. Problem Solving. Problem Solving. "Mr. Miller can you help me?" Students encounter problems and now suddenly we are all brainstorming ways to develop Minecraft solutions. Really powerful for all of us.
"Go down the rainbow tube in the corner" during the creative build session as we slid down the rainbow water slide.
After lunch we shared work from another camper we found impressive. We saw pixel art, water slides, monuments, underwater homes, submarines, tree houses with firework dispensers, massive water features, giant arrow dispensing robots and various colorful creations.
"Can you teleport to mine, please" -student wanting to show off his work.
A captive audience
Resources we used today:
Creative Build Slide Show: http://goo.gl/7uhGQJ
Conversation with 8th Graders Video: http://youtu.be/3RzBJ3X2o_E
getting ready for day 2!
We start the day with a song parody by Diane Main. Sung to the tune of "Love Shack." Thank you Diane.
While students worked on building rails and coasters, teachers were treated to an interview with Tim Wicks. Tim is the mastermind behind Minecraft Camp in Australia. He shared some of his thoughts on the hows and whys of Minecraft in education.
Here's a short video of a coaster a student started building:
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