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Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover!

The Engineering Outreach Office's brand-new Virtual Minecraft program aims to improve students' digital literacy skills through Minecraft: Education Edition. Students in grades 4-6 will experience world-building, level design, and explore code within the game itself. This course is designed for beginners new to the world of Minecraft, as well as those with some experience who are eager to learn more! This four-day immersive program will explore step-by-step the procedures of the engineering design process in-game as they learn to navigate their way through the world of Minecraft. They will apply their critical thinking and collaboration skills to build and develop interactive prototypes that address real-world problems. Students will work in a team environment and explore concepts such as block programming, variables, and loops, with a focus on components, objectives, functions and critical thinking level design. Students will engage in fun competitions that encourage cooperation and exploration as they discover how levels and challenges are developed and work to make connections to real-world issues through their simulated worlds.

This program is a four-day workshop. Students sign up for a week (Monday-Thursday) of programming, for 4 hours a day (2 in the morning; 2 in the afternoon), for 16 hours total.

Participants must be available for all four (4) days over which the workshop takes place as concepts and material will be built upon from the previous day. If a participant is absent from a session, they will not be admitted to the remainder of the workshop.

Two (2) Minecraft workshops will run concurrently.

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. (EDT) (UTC-4). 

Students will work in a team environment and explore concepts such as block programming, variables, and loops, with a focus on components, objectives, functions and critical thinking level design. Students will engage in fun competitions that encourage cooperation and exploration as they discover how levels and challenges are developed and work to make connections to real-world issues through their simulated worlds.

This program is a four-day workshop. Students sign up for a week (Monday-Thursday) of programming, for four hours a day (2 in the morning; 2 in the afternoon), for 16 hours total. 

Each of the following is a complete workshop consisting of the same content every week. As such, we highly recommend that students only register for one of the date ranges offered below. Participants must be available for all four (4) days over which the workshop takes place.

  • July 5 – July 8, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM Closed
  • July 12 – July 15, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM Closed
  • July 19 – July 22, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM Closed
  • July 26 – July 29, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM 
  • August 3 – August 6, 2021: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM
  • August 9 – August 12, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM
  • August 16 – August 19, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM
  • August 23 – August 26, 2021: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3 PM

Cost

$400 per four-day workshop.

General Information


Technology Required:

Compatible devices include Windows 10, MacOS, Chromebook. A valid Minecraft software license is required (included for the duration of the program), and a downlink will be provided after registration.
Students will be required to use Google Classroom for this workshop. If you are able to attend the program, our team will be following up with the classroom invitation on the Thursday prior to the start date. Please keep in mind that you will be required to use a @gmail account to access the classroom. School-issued emails are not compatible with our google classroom. Click here to access the support documents for Google Classroom 

Materials & Preparation:

Activity instructions, guidelines, and material lists will be sent out on the Thursday before the start date in the form of Student Activity Sheets, which are 1-2 pages of instructions to help students prepare and conduct the workshop. Guardians are asked to kindly read over and gather the materials for their child ahead of time. 

Video Permission:

We understand that there is a possibility that a student may accidentally activate the camera on their device. As such, while we will not be using this content for any media-related purposes, we do require all participants to consent to the possibility of being photographed and/or filmed.

Waitlist:

If you see that a course is waitlisted on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified immediately in the order that they registered.

Creating an Active Account:

If this is your first time registering for one of our programs, you will be prompted to create an Active account as you register. If you are successful in getting a spot in the workshop, your spot will be held for you as you complete the registration form, so no need to rush.

Please note that it is not possible to create an account before the registration date.

Bursaries:

Bursaries are available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who demonstrate financial need. To find out more about our bursary application process and to apply, please click here.

Cancellation Policy:

A refund or a credit, less a $80.00 administrative fee is available for cancellation requests received by 5:00 PM ET on the Monday before the session start date. No refunds or credits will be issued after this point. Please note that this charge is to cover administrative processing fees. Thank you for your understanding!

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Ready to get started?

Summer: Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover!

If you have questions about Online Junior Programs:

Contact us at outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca

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