On Niko’s first day of camp, he taught his robot turtle how to dance. Later he built a spiral staircase that touched the sky. This fantastical universe is none other than the world of Minecraft. The best-selling and beloved open world game has broken out as a new tool in educational settings for the creativity, freedom, and problem-solving skills the game fosters in its users. The game is used in classrooms and even as settings for online camps, like those provided by Connected Camps.
Started by three self-described “geek girls on a mission,” Connected Camps provides digital learning experiences that teach coding, problem solving and design, online literacy, collaboration, and community organizing skills through the expansive world of Minecraft. Some courses emphasize building and planning like the “Architecture” camp, while others teach kids how to design their own games or how to work together as a team to solve problems. Camps are virtually led under the watchful eyes of counselors who are available to answer any build-related questions.
For @netherstar2157, the username our camper goes by online, the reason he started playing Minecraft was because he heard it was about “being creative and building.” He learned later that you could code within the game and now he uses programmed robots to build houses to help expand his Minecraft world.
And while anyone can appreciate the fun of “making machines or robots do stuff for you,” the creators and counselors of Connected Camps know that this ‘interest-driven’ approach sets @netherstar2157 on a path of lifelong learning.
If that doesn’t deserve a robot-turtle dance, I don’t know what does.
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