My 10-year old daughter loves Minecraft. Now she’s learning how to program her own Minecraft server in Java thanks to Youth Digital‘s excellent Server Design Java Minecraft programming class online. I’m so so so blown away by how amazing this online class is, you guys!! And I’m not a newbie with this, either. I’ve taken online classes and taught online classes. Hands down, this is the BEST coding (or any other) class online I’ve seen. It’s PERFECT for kids ages 8 – 12 because it’s age-appropriate, paced well, conversational, and is easy to navigate.
Programming for Kids
As I mentioned Server Design 1 (a 2015 Parents’ Choice® Gold Award) is meant for kids ages 8 – 14 to learn Java programming by designing and building a customized Minecraft server. Students have one year to take the class independently at any time online.
There are 12 modules in the Youth Digital Server Design course:
Enter the Arena
Setting Up Shop
In Good Time
Rule the Rules
Each module is a set of videos that cover what to expect, the lessons, and time to apply the lessons — the videos actually pause to let kids follow the steps they just learned (which are listed for them again so they don’t forget.) These steps are in the Minecraft server — students pick one of four servers to design. (My daughter is working with “BlockefellerCenter.”) Then, students review, take a quiz, and learn more. After the initial entry into their server, kids can choose friends to invite into the server.
My daughter invited her 13-year sister and can I just say how jealous big sister was! She really wants to take this class, too! Look how much fun they’re having already in just a few modules! But what I really love is how empowered little sister feels. She’s programming in JAVA!! How stinking cool is that?!
Each assignment builds something new in the child’s Minecraft server. So, kids might be working on building a shop in their lobby and stocking it with goods. Or, they might build teams to challenge each other. Whatever you do, you get to earn points! That’s very motivating for my daughter.
Day one of this class, my daughter spent SEVEN HOURS straight on the computer!!!!! I had to force her to stop to eat. And no, I was not at all concerned about the screen time because 1) I limit it so much she never gets anything like this and 2) this was seriously amazing brain work — tech, science, design, . . . all amazing things for her to be learning.
I heard her giggling quite a bit when watching the funny teacher — he really knows how to crack kids up! He explains everything so well in a way that is meaningful to kids — silly Java jokes and just silliness in general.
I know we will be taking more classes from Youth Digital — this was absolutely an incredible learning experience! I highly recommend it. So do my kids!!
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