FOR PARENTS

 

At MCKids Academy we’ll explore the basics of multiplayer gaming including play etiquette, ‘what’s real’, in-game project 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 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 is my child's level of play?

NOTE: Children move from game 'play' to game design/management by Level III.

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. 40+ wpm.

 

 

 

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.

FOR KIDS

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 cooperative building and exploration activities that encourage problem-solving and positive, constructive play. Our camps are an awesome curricular 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 opportunities that encourages inquiry-based learning and self-regulation practice all in the open-ended, virtual playground Minecraft!

VANCOUVER Sunday WORKSHOPS

Minecraft Master Creator Classes

All Levels - Ages 8-13

10AM - 2PM

Explore learning through Minecraft in-depth at our weekend Creator workshops. Learn how to mod your game, level-up your server management know-how (game design and administrative roles), discover modeling and introductory programming with the use of free learn to program tools and in-game mods. Bring your laptop for easier access to ongoing work/play from home.

NO CHARGE for laptop rentals. Student access to Adobe Creative Suite ($22 per mo/sub for students) may be required, depending on the project. We use Blockbench for model-making (FREE).
Instructor: Anna ‘Momibelle’ Belluz

 

WINTER/SPRING 2019 at CREEKSIDE Community Rec Centre

SUNDAYs 10 AM - 2 PM

Creekside Rec Centre - Registration Open

Su Apr 07 REGISTER

Su May 05 REGISTER

$60/sess

 

WINTER/SPRING at HASTINGS Community Centre - Registration Open

SUNDAYs 10 AM - 2 PM

Su March 17 REGISTER

Su Apr 28 REGISTER

Su May 26 REGISTER

$60/sess

VANCOUVER ProD DAYS

VANCOUVER PRO-D DAYs
at Creekside Rec Centre

All Levels - Ages 8-13

9AM - 3PM
Cost $75

Build, craft and learn while we play. Our focus is on conservation ecology and building our 1.13 Aquatic update Minecraft server. Co-curricular enhanced learning and play plus HALF of our day is outdoor play!

Friday Feb 15 CANCELED

Monday April 29 REGISTER

Friday May 17 REGISTER

SPRING BREAK 2019 at Creekside

Learning Through Minecraft: Save the World!*

(8-13 yrs)

Join the MCKids community and learn while you play! Collaborate with others to help build a eco-aware village, establish an active and sustainable  economy, join a virtual job and invest your income to earn interest to later  spend on difficult to acquire items (like diamonds). All within our game Minecraft! We will incorporate a new  understanding of the impact we can have on our environment (don?t burn too much  coal!) and at risk and endangered species (turtles and pandas!). Planned  lessons in Sciences, Social Studies and more on our JAVA Minecraft and Bedrock servers  that your child can access from home after camp is over.  
NOTE: Half of our day is outdoor play! Come dressed for the weather. Please  ensure your child has the full version (PC/JAVA edition) ($35.) of the game  AND/OR Bedrock edition (limited content). Bring your laptop (rentals available) and/or iPads.

*game edition/version, content and the servers we play on are subject to change. 

M Tu W Th F

Mar18-Mar22

REGISTER

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Programming & Game Design with Minecraft (JAVA)

(8-13 yrs)

Play AND learn while we design games within the game Minecraft! Level-up your programming know-how through a new understanding of game  design and map-making. Check-in with the pros to see how it’s done and take  each-others games for a test drive to refine them further. We will look closely  at integrating command blocks and redstone, how to work with schematics  (WorldEdit), and resource pack design. These are the formative years, where a  child moves from the mindset of play to change the game directed learning, while focusing on critical thinking and 21st C skills. 
NOTE: Half of our day is outdoor play! Come dressed for the weather. Bring your personal laptop (min 8GBs RAM) for easier access to  work/play/assignments from home and a JAVA edition Minecraft acct ($35) installed.

(Rentals available).

M Tu W Th F

Mar18-Mar22

REGISTER

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Minecraft Creators in Training: Building Bedrock Add-ons

(8-13 yrs)

Learn how to add-on to your Bedrock Edition Minecraft game for iPad and Win10 and create your own custom themed game! Change the look  of your world and the behavior of your mobs by learning how to install pre-built add-ons or learn how to design your own simple add-ons with the use of free modeling. Learn how to write with MoLang and edit .json files to create  a 20 block high chicken or create your own original hostile mob! Use command  blocks and redstone to complete your game/map. Best of all, we take on the  challenge to build Mythopoeia in Bedrock!

NOTE: Half of our day is outdoor play! Come dressed for the weather. Cross  platform play is on Bedrock Edition / Win10 edition. Additional supporting apps may be needed on your devices. 

M Tu W Th F

Mar25-Mar29

REGISTER

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Minecraft Modpack Creators: Legacy Mythopoeia*

(8-13 yrs)

Learn how to mod your JAVA game as we continue our exploration around programming, game design and epic map-making learning. This week we begin development of our Legacy 1.7.10 Mythopoeia modpack*, or show you  how to build your own balanced modpack to share with others. As we play we will adjust our pack, troubleshoot the errors, and build on the classic MCKids camp for additional learning, exploration and play.
NOTE: Half of our day is outdoor play! Come dressed for  the weather. Bring your personal laptop (min 8GBs RAM) for easier access to  work/play/assignments from home and a JAVA edition Minecraft acct ($35) (rentals available).

*Modpack subject to change

M Tu W Th F

Mar25-Mar29

REGISTER

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

SUMMER 2019 - REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 4

Learning through Minecraft: STEM

(8-13 yrs)

Optimizing your child's social-emotional skills while we explore hands-on daily lessons connecting concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Get to know the MCKids community and how we play together. Collaborate on daily labs, quests and out-of-game take home activities. We?ll practice our keyboarding skills, too!

Tu W Th F Jul02-Jul05

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$300/4 sess

 

Minecraft Master Engineer/Architect/Builder

(8-13 yrs)

Regal mansions and famous buildings? Imaginary spaces in faraway places? Want to learn how to build amazing things in our game just like the pros? We look at some of the best tools, mods and resources that are available for us to build while we work in a collaborative, and creative environment. We?ll also connect real-world problems in all areas of design that including planning and time management. By the end of our week you will be proud to call yourself a Minecraft Master Builder!

M Tu W Th F Jul08-Jul12

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Learn Coding through Minecraft with ComputerCraft

(8-13 yrs)

Explore our worlds and learn how to program with ComputerCraft! Train your LUA turtles to do our work for us like chop trees, excavate mines, battle mobs and more. We?ll build a new modpack, and change our game for play that will tweak our learning and challenge our programming know-how.Book fee $35

M Tu W Th F Jul15-Jul19

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$300/5 sess

 

Storytelling through Minecraft: Mythopoeia

(8-13 yrs)

Revisit a past one of magic, myth and mayhem! Our Minecraft Mythopoeia modpack week is one of our most popular camps. This summer we get back to our storytelling Roots and travel to the dimensions that have authored our Twilight tales and Atum adventures. Children will be prompted to scribe their stories of adventures and discoveries to share with each other.

M Tu W Th F Jul22-Jul26

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

PixelmonGO

(8-13 yrs)

t?s back! The ultimate ?evolution? of learning through modded play. We GO with play on Pixelmon Minecraft, share and compare the trading cards we?ve collected and then head outdoors to find new Pokemon habitat (and compare what we find, to what?s really there!) in PokemonGO. Learn to read your EVs and IVs and catch 'em all! Pls bring a data-ready device. Portable wifi provided.

M Tu W Th F Jul29-Aug02

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Learning through Minecraft: STEM

(8-13 yrs)

Optimizing your child's social-emotional skills while we explore hands-on daily lessons connecting concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Get to know the MCKids community and how we play together. Collaborate on daily labs, quests and out-of-game take home activities. We?ll practice our keyboarding skills, too!

Tu W Th F Aug06-Aug09

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$300/4 sess

 

Modpack Creators: Ages of Fossils & Archeology

(8-13 yrs)

Are you an aspiring geologist, archeologist, chemist or anthropologist? This is your camp! This week we build and play on a Minecraft modpack for the Ages, while digging for fossils and hatching dinos, exploring dimensions that prompt learning in archeology, and learning about real-life Elements and chemistry. We?ll call on our inner rockhounding abilities, too, while we explore the real-life environs of our City.

M Tu W Th F Aug12-Aug16

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Beyond Minecraft: Indie Games Exploration

(10-14 yrs)

Throwing a curveball and looking at a handful of E+ and TEEN rated games that have caught our interest. Some borrow heavily from Minecraft, other?s not so. Momibelle continues to promote positive play with an eye on self-regulation, learning and safety online. Bring your gaming laptop. STEAM access and account may be required. Pre-loaded age-appropriate games are welcome but must be pre-approved. (No modern weapons. No first-person shooters).

M Tu W Th F Aug19-Aug23

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

Back to School in Minecraft

(8-14 yrs)

Getting ready means getting ahead and setting a routine for the following weeks to come with the new school year right around the corner. Momibelle will explore some of the ways that we can establish healthy habits for work and play, and look at ways to incorporate what we do for fun (gaming) with school (and homework). Choose an area of exploration: historic build; programing in-game robots, or create a portfolio of mini-games for final presentation to parents at end of week.

M Tu W Th F Aug26-Aug30

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$375/5 sess

 

TEACHERS need help with MinecraftEdu?

Interested in starting an after-school Minecraft club, but don't know where to begin? Are you a teacher and would like to introduce MinecraftEDU 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.

 

 

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for children and youth in Vancouver, BC since 2012

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