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.
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 building and exploration activities that encourage problem-solving and positive play. Our camps are an awesome educational 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 planned opportunities that help reinforce past learning and encourages inquiry based learning and self-regulation practice all in the open-ended virtual playground, Minecraft!
MINING THE ESSENTIALS OF MINECRAFT
at HASTINGS COMMUNITY CENTRE, East Vancouver
WEDs 10-11:30 AM
Sept 13 - Dec 20
Jan 09 - Mar 14 REGISTER (OPENING SOON)
Apr 04 - Ju 07 REGISTER (OPENING SOON)
Become a part of our growing on-line community. We guide your child through Vanilla Minecraft game play while focusing on 21st C learning concepts and curriculum-based learning experiences in a virtual and real life setting. Weekly O4Ls and/or reporting provided. Laptops provided with guest Minecraft accounts and/or bring your own laptop and/or iPad for extended learning and play from home.
All levels. Ages 8-13
Online Optimized Learning Through Minecraft
WEDs 7:00-8:00 PM
Sept 13 - Dec 20
Join us in-game and on our Discord voice channel from home every Wednesday evening. Momibelle will guide your child’s social & emotional learning development by encouraging collaboration and positive/thoughtful communications through theme-based play (see below). NOTE this offering is for both new and returning students. New students must complete five hours in-game with Momibelle and purchase the MCKids Guide to Playing Minecraft ($10) before being allowed open access to the Legacy server on other days.
Cost $10 per class.
Wed Sept. 13 - Pixel Art Pros
Build a 3D sculpture in our Creative Plot world
Wed Sept. 20 - Riding Rollarcoasters!
We head to Funland for fun and games and keyboard learning.
Wed Sept. 27 - Let’s Adventure!
Find a village and call it home!
Wed Oct. 04 - Hard at Work
Join a job and earn some in-game money, put it in the bank!
Wed Oct. 11 - Calendar Parkour
Jump your way through the months of the year.
Wed Oct. 18 - Visiting Verona
Learn Italian! Find the mines, and explore.
Wed Oct. 25 - Canada150: Travel the rails!
Planes, trains & minecarts PLUS how we got around Canada in the past.
Wed Nov. 01 - Canada150: Building a fort.
We check out Fort Langley, then build our own virtual historic fort.
Wed Nov. 08 - In Remembrance
Who do you want to remember? We go to Flanders Fields to plant a poppy.
Wed Nov. 15 - Navigating our World
We make a compass, and learn about navigation in game and in real life!
Wed Nov. 22 - Buy and Sell
Check your finances! How to generate a 'passive' income.
Wed Nov. 29 - Canada150: Early Vancouver
We travel to Gassy Jacks and talk about the beginnings of our City.
Wed Dec. 06 - Canada 150: Stake a Claim
There's gold in them thar hills! We head out to strike it rich.
Wed Dec. 13 - Adopt a Pet for the Holidays!
Looking for homes for a few "Miniature Pets". Can you take one in?
Winter & Winter Break Camps 2018
Winter Break at Hastings Community Centre
Learning through Play at MCKids Academy
Become a part of our growing online community. Register for our holiday full day camp and take your know-how of Minecraft to the next level. Learn how to install mods safely, design your own custom skins and troubleshoot your laptop while we explore our Minecraft worlds. We incorporate themed, planned learning in economics, social studies, game design and programming basics. Children are reminded to behave respectfully and thoughtfully to each other in-game and in real life! Bring your laptop. Rentals are available. Half our day is spent in ourdoor play, so dress for the weather!
DEC 27, 28, 29 REGISTER
JAN 2,3,4,5 REGISTER
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS w/ MCKIDS ACADEMY
at HASTINGS COMMUNITY CENTRE, East Vancouver
Explore learning through Minecraft in-depth at our weekend workshops. How to mod your game safely, server management (game design and administrative roles), modelling and programming with the use of free learn to program tools. Bring your laptop for easier access to ongoing work/play from home on our private, whitelisted servers. Check our website for more detailed course descriptions and themed learning.
All levels. Ages 8-13
REGISTRATION OPEN SOON
Su Jan 14
Su Feb 04
Su Mar 04
Su Apr 08
Su May 06
Su Ju 03
Cost $60 per session
PRO-Days Castles & Kingdoms
PRO-D Days with MCKids
Join us for our new series of learning and play on our Castles & Kingdoms Minecraft server. We will explore the architectural variations of medieval castles such as the ‘motte and bailey’ and role-play the epic historic battles that these fortifications endured. From the Fall of the Roman Empire and Barbarian Kingdoms to the Papal states and Venetian holdings in the Ottoman Empire, we are in for one epic build, craft play journey through history!
If you do not see corresponding dates for
Pro-D days for your District or School and would like
us to offer a camp please contact us.
MCKIDS IN THE NEWS
NEED HELP? CONSULTING and more ...
Interested in starting an after-school Minecraft club, but don't know where to begin? Are you a teacher and would like to introduce Minecraft 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.
Educational gaming camps and after-school clubs
for children ages 8 to 13 in Vancouver and on the North Shore!
What is my
child's level of play?
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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