More parents support modern trend which focuses on early child development. Learning computer literacy and technologies from the younger age is especially important. The main difficulty is to interest kids.
The secret of successful education is to combine what children like with something that will help to develop a child’s skills. All kids are passionate about games. What if offer a child to create own game written in programming language designed especially for kids? And if it’s Minecraft then nobody can be unmoved! We recommend “Minecraft Scratch” course every kid aged from 7, because learning programming in it turns into interesting and exciting process.
Creating own game is the best way to learn to code. Especially when designing a game everyone is passionate about.
Minecraft is a very popular indie game in a genre of playground with elements of survival simulator and an open world designed by Swedish programmer Marcus Presson. It is one of the most successful computer games in history: its sales resulted in more than 80 mln copies, and the amount of registered players exceeded the number of 100 mln people. Minecraft has almost unlimited possibilities allowing to create whole worlds and run the actions of main characters. A game in Minecraft can be created in different programs. But a 7-year old child will hardly want to learn coding and implement own project in a development environment which is regular for professional programmers. It will be boring and difficult for kids. That is why back in 2003 MIT designed Scratch – understandable and interesting programming language for kids. Scratch is not just a programming language, it is a visual object-oriented programming environment. It is perfect for teaching kids in junior and high school the basics of programming and own game and animation development.
Scratch environment has a mass of good qualities:
· easy and user-friendly interface;
· no codes to learn;
· colorful design, which helps to attract and retain child’s attention;
· Scratch helps to develop child’s skills of creative and logical thinking.
Scratch is like Lego constructor – it allows to compile a fully fledged program from blocks and bricks of different colors. Program can be changed anytime and checked how it works right after the changes are made. This particular feature gives an opportunity to create an analog of the famous Minecraft in Scratch cube world. Our course is suitable for kids, who have already learned Scratch programming language and are willing to increase their knowledge and find a good use of it.
· continue learning the basics of programming;
· increase the knowledge of Scratch visual programming language;
· learn to design game mechanics;
· create landscapes, different objects, move them on the screen, change them and play with them, create forms of interactions between them;
· develop the skills of creative and spatial thinking;
· create own unique Minecraft world.
Our experienced teachers will show kids that programming and a game can be combined and turned into interesting process. Welcome to the wonderful world of Minecraft in Scratch programming!
During the training process we evaluate the practical side (how to do it?) and understanding the topics as well (why and what for?)
Students demonstrate knowledge by solving tasks in their own way, explaining the algorithms in own words, helping other students to correct mistakes and creating presentations on the final course project.
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