The culminating activity of this course has students work with the teacher to create an adventure game in Minecraft using mods they design and create.
-A Minecraft (PC/MAC-Java Edition) is required for this program. See website. Other editions of Minecraft (like Windows 10 and Pocket Edition) will not work with the class.
-You must have a PC or Mac to run this edition of Minecraft. It will not work on a Chrome Book or tablet.
-Students use a program called Learn to Mod to help them create their mods. Students must purchase a Learn to Mod account prior to the beginning of class. The cost of this program is currently $29.99 for a year subscription. https://www.learntomod.com/
In this class, students will learn to…
- Appreciate the power of a text-based language to build on what they have learned using a visual-based language at the previous level.
- Utilize logic statements (IF/THEN) and loops in their coding.
- Use event-based programming to create an adventure map in Minecraft.
“My daughter loves Shawn’s teaching style. It’s clear, thorough and engaging. Fantastic teacher! Great course! “
“My son has been taking classes with Mr. Walk for awhile and always enjoys them. Mr. Walk is a wonderful teacher and the classes are always engaging to my son. “
About The Instructor
Shawn D. Walk has been an educator for over 17 years. He was a 4th/5th grade teacher for 11 years at an elementary school north of Pittsburgh. During his time at that school, he focused on project-based learning and engaging students with real-world tasks that allowed them to see how what they were learning is used in the real world. He also developed a passion for technology and worked to include that in his teaching. Shawn developed several robotics and coding programs during his time as a teacher and helped students learn essential 21st century skills in a fun and exciting way.
About 5 years ago, He started a company in Pittsburgh that partnered with schools to offer coding, Minecraft, and other creative classes. The company was one of the first organizations in the Pittsburgh region to use Minecraft to create engaging programs for students. He now hopes to take this type of fun and creative learning beyond the Pittsburgh region to students all over the world.
Shawn has an active Pennsylvania Teaching Certification and a Masters Degree in education. He looks forward to helping your child discover their creative powers.
Class Formats and Registration
Live Group Class
Students join a live small-group class each week via the Outschool platform. Students have an opportunity to ask questions during the lesson and get extra help from the instructor as they practice what they learned. Students are also given multiple chances to share their work with the group during the course.