In Youth Digital's most popular online course, kids 8-14 learn the fundamentals of Java programming by coding their own Mods for Minecraft® (for PC or Mac, sold separately).
For every item, block or creature they want to add, kids first design the graphics, then they modify real Java code to quickly program their new features. Students edit Java templates in order to learn the fundamentals of the language without getting bogged down typing hundreds of lines of code one by one. At the end of the course, they will have their own polished Mod that they created on their own.In the process, kids learn the most important concepts of object-oriented computer programming - such as how to instantiate new objects, call methods, define parameters, and run loops - all in the service of adding new features and functionality to their final project.As students develop their project, they'll use Minecraft® Version 1.6.4 for testing, but upon completion, their Mods can be easily exported for Minecraft® Version 1.8, where they can be shared and played with friends! Mod Design 1 is a unique opportunity for young students to learn Java in an exciting and meaningful way. They will not only come away with an impressive project to share with their friends, but also with a foundational knowledge of object-oriented programming.
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