KCC offering three “Minecraft” summer camps for youth in July and August

Illustration of Minecraft characters on top of a mountain created in the style of Minecraft games. Image courtesy of Microsoft.

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Kids interested in “Minecraft” can take their passion for the game to another level during three new “Minecraft” summer camps offered at Kellogg Community College in July and August.

An open-world video game in which players can create their own environment using digital building blocks, “Minecraft” is one of the most popular video games of all time. KCC’s “Minecraft” camps will introduce campers to the basics of the game, along with the foundations of programming and introductory coding for “Minecraft” modders, how to make animated “Minecraft” films, and more.

The camps are offered in separate sessions for youth ages 8 through 10 and ages 11 through 14 at KCC’s Ohm Information Technology Center, on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. Camps include:

“Minecraft” Designers
Ages 11-14: 9 a.m.-noon July 24-27
Ages 8-10: 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 24-27

If you love the game “Minecraft” and always wanted to design your own world, this camp is for you! Learn how to create a custom map; the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects; how to build with redstone and command blocks; and how to create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home, students must own a PC or Mac version of “Minecraft.” Tablet, phone and game console versions of “Minecraft” are not compatible. A parent’s email address is required to use the 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

“Minecraft” Modders
Ages 11-14: 9 a.m.-noon July 31-Aug. 3
Ages 8-10: 12:30-3:30 pm. July 31-Aug. 3

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by “Minecraft.” Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home, students must own a PC or Mac version of “Minecraft.” Tablet, phone and game console versions of “Minecraft” are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

“Minecraft” Animators
Ages 11-14: 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 7-10
Ages 8-10: 12:30-3:30 pm. Aug. 7-10

Bring your favorite “Minecraft” characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like “Inside Out” and “Frozen” by using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a “Minecraft” account to use the software in this class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC.

REGISTRATION

Registration for KCC’s summer “Minecraft” camps is open until the day of each session and can be completed entirely online by visiting www.kccbruinyouth.com. Registration can also be completed:

  • By phone by calling KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at 269-965-4134 and registering with a credit or debit card.
  • In person at the Lifelong Learning office in room 102 of the Ohm Information Technology Center on KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek.

The cost for each camp is $125, though reduced rates are available for each camp if taken along with one of KCC’s other summer technology camps. For a reduced rate of $199 for two camps, campers may attend:

  • KCC’s “Minecraft” Designers and Make Your First 3D Video Game camps
  • KCC’s “Minecraft” Modders and Code Breakers camps
  • KCC’s “Minecraft” Animators and App Adventures: The Next Level camps

Visit www.kccbruinyouth.com for more information.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

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