FOR PARENTS

 

At MCKids Academy we’ll explore the basics of multi-player gaming including play etiquette, ‘what’s real’, in-game planning, and ‘plan your play’ ideas for kids while building on core 21st Century learning like basic programming, leadership and critical thinking. Momibelle leads specialized learning environments that engage and provoke discussion about the more complex concepts that children may face in this new social environment. Does your child have minimal experience playing in a group setting? Are you worried about the influences that play on public servers pose? Is your child showing an interest in building and learning about how to mod their game safely or would like to learn how to create their own game using Redstone circuitry and command block science? We 'play' with all of the above and more at MCKids Academy.

 

What other's are saying:

“Our son joined MCKids with a love for the game and came away with new computing skills, friends, and more than a few new tricks. Anna has put together a wonderful, interactive program blending the real and imaginary worlds our kids traverse.”  - Bonnie M.

 

“Our son came to MCkids with enthusiasm, some nervousness, and no computer skills. Thanks to the week at camp with Momibelle our son was able to ‘get it’ and participate alongside all the other kids who had been playing Minecraft for 3,6,12 months or more. It was a great success for our son. Wyatt left totally turned on.”  -  Jacquie S.

FOR KIDS

Are you a builder, crafter, miner or farmer? Have you only been able to play on your iPad and want to see what the full PC/MAC version of Minecraft is all about? Don't like playing on public servers because you're always getting griefed and trolled, or you don't like the way other's talk in chat to you? Are you a little more experienced and want to check out the latest mods? Learn chemistry and genetics while you battle to survive in an extreme environment, or blast-off to planets only found in a fictional universe ... You will have the chance to explore, create and build together with other MCKids at MCKids Academy. Each camp will be kid-directed, so you get the chance to tell us what you want to do and play! PLUS it won't stop after camp is over. As long at you stick to the MCKids Code of Conduct, you'll get access to our private, monitored servers for the rest of the year (parent approval required, of course!).

HOW WE LEARN

 

During the years that Momibelle home-schooled Emibelle, we discovered that in an educator -guided gaming environment, there were endless opportunities for learning. Languages and numeracy, geology, history and sciences can be incorporated with team-based cooperative building and exploration activities that encourage problem-solving and positive, constructive play. Our camps are an awesome curricular enhancement for kids who already love the game. In addition to guiding your child through the technical aspects of play and socially acceptable behaviors, we provide opportunities that encourages inquiry-based learning and self-regulation practice all in the open-ended, virtual playground Minecraft!

SUMMER CAMPS at Creekside Rec Centre 2018  - REGISTER

WE STILL HAVE SPOTS LEFT! REGISTER SOON.

All camps run weekly from 9 AM to 4 PM
Camps and gaming themes are SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Bring your own laptop. We play on the full (PC) JAVA edition of Minecraft ($35. CA) NOT on Bedrock Edition for handhelds.
Laptop rentals $15 per day. Please reserve and pay for ahead of time ($75 for 5 day week, pls make note on payment with childs first name and week attending).
Half of our day is outdoor, active play! Dress appropriately. No open sandals, hikers preferred!

Seven (7) day cancellation notice for refund.

 

Week 1 - July 3-6 (4 days) REGISTER

Learning through Minecraft

MCKids Academy

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 8-13

Cost $300

Optimizing your child's social-emotional skills while we mine the basics of Minecraft in-game player commands and the social side of multiplayer gaming. Getting to know the MCKids community and how we learn while we play. Themed play incorporates Social Studies, Sciences, History, 'Netiquette' and keyboarding skills. 
Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

Max 12

 

Week 1a - July 3-6 (4 days) REGISTER

Make+Craft+Code: Programming & Game Design through Minecraft

ALL LEVELS Ages 8-13

Cost $300

Make a multiplayer game, mod, adventure or puzzle map, then play test each other's creations! We'll explore in-game advanced ‘electronics’ and coding tools like redstone, command blocks,  LearnToMod® and MakeCode®. Course is suitable to returning coding enthusiasts, and new learners alike. Take the learning home or start now with a LearnToMod subscription $30 US (optional). Come to class with your creations.

Instructor: Richard 'PXMinion' Kwan

Max 12

 

Week 2 - July 9-13 REGISTER

Medieval Architecture: Building with Minecraft

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 8-13

Cost $375

Build, craft and learn while we play on our Castles & Kingdoms server. We explore the architectural elements of castles and fortified cities, and look back on their beginnings as kypes and fortresses while role-playing some of the epic historic battles that these fortifications endured.

Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

 

Week 2a - July 9-13 REGISTER

Make+Craft+Code: Programming & Game Design through Minecraft

ALL LEVELS  Ages 8-13

Cost $375

Make a multiplayer game, mod, adventure or puzzle map, then play test each other's creations! We'll explore in-game advanced ‘electronics’ and coding tools like redstone, command blocks,  LearnToMod® and MakeCode®. Course is suitable to returning coding enthusiasts, and new learners alike. Take the learning home or start now with a LearnToMod subscription $30 US (optional). Come to class with your creations.

Instructor: Richard 'PXMinion' Kwan

Max 12

 

Week 3 - July 16-20 REGISTER

Minecraft Modpack Creators

Intermediate/Advanced Ages 10-14

Cost $375

Explore the latest Minecraft JAVA mods then learn how to package them into a theme or style of play such as RPG, Survival or Exploration to create a balanced game to play on and share with others. Creators will learn how to design supporting graphics such as a logo, create an intro video, and upload their pack to CurseForge to share with the world. We will then build our own community MCKids YouTube Creator channel to upload content to support and promote our play (children with parent permission can create/use their own).
Must have access to a personal email address.

Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

Max 12

 

Week 3a - July 16-20 REGISTER

Space Race: Minecraft / Kerbal Space Program

MCKids Academy

Intermediate Ages 8-13

Cost $375

It’s a race to the Moon and beyond! Build a rocket and explore space in Minecraft Galacticraft and Kerbal Space Program. Design a space-worthy rocket in Kerbal using 300+ available parts and find out how spacecraft are actually flown (hint: it’s not like a plane!). We play on the full (PC) Java edition of Minecraft ($35 CA) and PC version of Kerbal Space Program ($44 CA). 
Instructor:  Richard "px41minion" Kwan

 

Week 4 - July 23-27 REGISTER

Mythopoeia: Storytelling in Minecraft

Int/Adv Ages 10-14*

Cost $375

Building on our popular Mythopoeia 3.0 camps, this intro to our newest modded Minecraft game will see us stargazing on higher astral levels while we explore all that is new in an updated Twilight Forest, one of the most popular Minecraft dimension mods of all time!

 *Age restrictions may be waived w/ instructor approval.

Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

 

Week 4a - July 23-27 REGISTER

Make+Craft+Code: Programming & Game Design through Minecraft

ALL LEVELS Ages 8-13

Cost $375

Make a multiplayer game, mod, adventure or puzzle map, then play test each other's creations! We'll explore in-game advanced ‘electronics’ and coding tools like redstone, command blocks,  LearnToMod® and MakeCode®. Course is suitable to returning coding enthusiasts, and new learners alike. Take the learning home or start now with a LearnToMod subscription $30 US (optional).

Instructor: Richard 'PXMinion' Kwan

 

Week 5 - July 30 - Aug 3 REGISTER

Bricks Dystopian Techscape Minecraft

Int/Adv Ages 10-14

Cost $375

A formidable task is before us. We've landed on a strange new planet with minimal resources and a hostile and sterile environment. We will need to discover and learn about new technologies within our assigned insular environment and recreate our biological (and chemical) beginnings so that we can live on this planet. Can we work together to bring order to this new place? Modpack created by Brickmaster5001.

Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

Max 12

 

Week 6 - Aug 7 - 10 (4 days) REGISTER

Learning through Minecraft

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 8-12*

Cost $300

Optimizing your child's social-emotional skills while we mine the basics of Minecraft in-game player commands and the social side of multiplayer gaming. Getting to know the MCKids community and how we learn while we play. Themed play incorporates Social Studies, Sciences, History, 'Netiquette' and keyboarding skills.
*Age restrictions may be waived w/ instructor approval.

Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

Max 12

 

Week 7 - Aug 13 - 17 REGISTER

A History of Magic: Learning through Minecraft

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 10-14*

Cost $375

Wizards and wand making in Minecraft and real life? Oh my! Crafting and exploring the history of magic through Minecraft with visits to Hogwarts, wand-battles in Kingdoms, foraging lessons (plant identification) for aspiring potions makers PLUS make your own wand from found materials on our adventures together outdoors. We’ll cast a look at new games, too, where players will explore real world neighborhoods to discover and battle legendary beasts in AR.  Held devices with data may be required for Wizards Unite!
Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

Max 12

 

Week 8 - Aug 21 - 25 REGISTER

Beyond Minecraft: Indie Games Exploration

Advanced Ages 10-14

Cost $375

Throwing a curve ball and looking at some of the newest E+ rated games that have caught our interest. Some borrow heavily from Minecraft, other’s not so. Momibelle continues to promote positive play, with an eye on self-regulation, learning and safety online.
Your child should have a STEAM account with access to additional recommended games (TBA).
Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

 

Week 9 - Aug 28 - Sept 1 REGISTER

Back to School in Minecraft

ALL LEVELS Ages 8-13

Cost $375

Getting ready means getting ahead and setting a routine for the following weeks to come with the new school year right around the corner. Momibelle will explore some of the ways that we can establish healthy habits for work and play, and look at ways to incorporate what we do for fun (gaming) with school (and homework). Individuals can choose an area of exploration, such as an historic build, programing in-game robots, or creating a portfolio of mini-games for final presentation to parents at the end of the week.

Max 12

 

TEACHERS need help with MinecraftEdu?

Interested in starting an after-school Minecraft club, but don't know where to begin? Are you a teacher and would like to introduce MinecraftEDU in your classroom, but need support? Are you a parent that wants to provide one-on-one learning ops for your child who is showing an interest with advanced Minecraft play that involves Command Blocks and Redstone? Do you have a special needs child that can do incredible things, but needs direction and behavioral support? Call us!

 

We can help guide you through the technical aspects of play that might include setting up a private server using server-side plug-ins to create the right kind of online play. We can help you understand what are socially acceptable in-game behaviors by building a Code of Conduct. We can help you create planned learning opportunities and lesson plans that reinforces past learning, introduces new concepts and encourages inquiry-based, child-directed learning in this fun and engaging game-based environment.

 

CONTACT US for more information.

 

 

Summer camps at Creekside Rec Centre now open for registration!
Join the MCKids Academy community! Build, learn and play together in a safe, cooperative and 
non-violent virtual playground.

Educational gaming, design & programming camps
for children & youth in Vancouver, BC since 2012

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What is my
child's level of play?

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Level I - Beginner
0-1 yrs experience on the full version of Minecraft for PC/MAC. Experience on PE (iPad). Minimal typing.

 

Level II - Intermediate
1-2 years experience on the full PC/MAC version of Minecraft with personal MC account. Good typing skills.

 

Level III - Advanced

2+ yrs experience on full PC/MAC version of Minecraft, good redstone engineering skills, understanding of command blocks, ability to troubleshoot laptop with
min. 25+ wpm.

 

NOTE: Children move from game 'play' to game design/management by Level III.

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Minecraft© is a trademark of Microsoft Inc. MCKidsAcademy© is not affiliated with Mojang (or Microsoft). But we're working on it!  : )