MOD DESIGN 1
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Kids Learn to Code in Java®
Our mission is to teach kids coding and design concepts by creating awesome projects with cutting-edge technology. In our most popular online course, kids learn the fundamentals of Java programming by creating their own Mod for version 1.6.4 of 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.
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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Youth Digital is never boring. On the contrary, students watch videos, respond to questions, earn badges, and complete quizzes and challenging assignments. Our technology education classes are highly interactive and engaging.
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Includes (1 Year)
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Game Design 1
Students who like coding will enjoy creating their own video game from scratch using an SDK to write the If/Then Statements.
3D Game Design 1
Students who enjoy the artistic side of Mod Design 1 will love the creative freedom of making an entire world of their own in 3D Game Design 1.
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Quick Answers to Your Parent Questions
Simply put, mods are modifications. They are changes and additions to the Java source code that modifies Minecraft’s original game content, allowing a coder to alter the gameplay, create new experiences, or change how they interact with the Minecraft® world.
All of our courses are self-paced, so students can login and work whenever they like; there are no set times or schedules. In each module they watch interactive instructional videos, take quizzes, and complete troubleshooting challenges as they learn to make their game, app or mod from start to finish. When they complete the course, students submit their final project and receive personalized feedback from the teacher!
Although each student works through the course at their own pace, and they can spend as much time working as they like, we estimate that the average student takes about 30 hours to complete a course.
We do require that each child have their own separate account. However we do have a standing 10% off discount for siblings! If you would like to take advantage of this discount please enter this special code: YDfsl10 at check out, then click Recalculate before Go to Payments to complete your order.
Any of our level 1 courses would be an appropriate place to start, and we teach assuming students are new to the subject. None of the level 1 courses have a prerequisite, so you may just choose based on what they are most interested in learning to create!
Once you purchase the course, you'll receive a confirmation email with login instructions. Use that to login on youthdigital.com. After you've logged in, select your course and begin with the very first mod—Mod 1: Getting Started. Our instructor, Justin, will take you through the steps to install the software and begin the course!
Minecraft® is a game that takes place in a 3D World where the player is free to roam and explore. It is called "Minecraft®" because it is centered around "mining" for basic materials in the ground and then "crafting" those materials into a wide variety of things (blocks, tools, food, etc.). It is much more open-ended than most games because there usually is no definite objective. It is called a "Sandbox" game because it allows users to play around, explore, and create what they want.
There are three ways you can play Minecraft:
- By yourself on your own computer - exploring and building by yourself.
- On a small local server with a group of friends - allowing friends to work together in order to build new structures, defend against the elements, or fight battles.
- On a large public multiplayer server with other players on the internet - allowing players to participate in even more advanced gameplay in even more complex 3D Worlds.
One potential problem for kids playing Minecraft® would be spending too much time on it. As it is a game that involves collecting goods and building up your assets from scratch, it can be addictive in the same way many games today can be addictive. As kids play more, they quickly gain a real sense of expertise over the world and the rules that govern it, which kids really enjoy.
When playing on a public multiplayer server, there is also a slight risk of being exposed to inappropriate language from other users. Although there are administrators of these servers who are in charge of monitoring this type of frowned-upon behavior, some inappropriate language can sneak through. The same caution should be applied here as is in any internet browsing.
Playing Minecraft® by yourself on your own computer is 100% safe and appropriate for all ages. There is no real graphic violence or mature themes - just exploring and defending against the mysterious creatures that come out at night (Skeletons, Spiders, and strange green monsters called "Creepers")
Playing Minecraft® on a public multiplayer server can be unsafe to the extent that any public internet browsing can be unsafe. Users on these servers are able to write public messages to each other (similar to a Facebook wall), and while there are safeguards in place to prevent people from swearing and being rude to each other, there could always be a user online who does obey the rules or etiquette. As long as your child understands this and knows how to deal with the risks of internet browsing in general (such as watching YouTube videos responsibly), they should be fine on one of these public multiplayer servers.
There are a lot of really positive uses for Minecraft®. First of all, single-player Minecraft® requires critical thinking and creativity. Players must choose how and where to invest their time and resources in order to accomplish their goals and build what they want.
Second, on a local server or on a public multiplayer server, players collaborate and work together to accomplish tasks they would not be able to accomplish on their own. For example, they could combine their assets to build a giant replica of the empire state building out of blocks!
Third, Minecraft® exposes students to foundational computer knowledge and vernacular that they would not likely encounter, otherwise. For example, many young Minecraft® users now feel comfortable talking about IP Addresses, Servers and Clients, and Command Line operations.
Fourth, Minecraft® is also being implemented in classrooms all over the world in order to teach subjects in the core curriculum. Math teachers are using it for lessons on X, Y, and Z coordinate systems, Physics teachers for the Laws of Motion, and even History teachers for re-enactments of important historical events.
Finally, students can also use Minecraft® as a springboard to learn to program in the Java Programming Language. Students who want to write their own Mods have to learn the basics of Java in order to do so. This is an exciting educational opportunity because it gets kids really excited about learning programming, which can be a very dry topic.
If your child is really interested in Minecraft®, you have likely heard them ask if they can "Set up a Server". What they mean by this is that they'd like to create a map of their own and invite their friends to play with them, all hosted by your home computer.
Here is what Minecraft Wiki states:
Warning: Before following these instructions please note that running server software on your computer without a clear understanding of what you are doing may seriously harm your system and lead to vulnerabilities. Do not open ports in your router without knowing exactly what you are doing."
If done correctly, setting up a server can be done securely. The difficult part is getting the server set up in the first place, which requires some technical work and possibly some troubleshooting.
Luckily, there are a lot of really good resources out there for setting up a server. Here's a link to a clear video explaining how to do it and here is the best text-based tutorial from Minecraft Wiki.
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