Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation (1 week)
Create and produce a custom animated video! Using custom Minecraft kits and cutting-edge stop-motion animation software, campers will script, storyboard, animate, edit and produce short videos together. Campers will get a great fundamental understanding of the creative process and have lots of room for unique project customization. Great for creative writers, visual imagineers and team players!
Texture Design with Pixel Art (1 week)
Design your own version of Minecraft! Campers use image manipulation software to learn how to create 2D pixel art, design skins for their character and create textures for their world to change the way Minecraft looks. Campers upload their finished designs to their Minecraft world, stylized and themed to their creative imagination.
Minecraft Coding Using LUA (1 week)
Program Minecraft robots to build your architecture and 3D print in real life! Campers are introduced to the widely-used LUA scripting language to program directly inside the world of Minecraft, learn the fundamentals of coding and how to program within the Minecraft interface, and design and 3D print their own architectural creations that attempt to solve the problems that cities of the future will encounter. Great for artists, Minecraft-lovers, aspiring coders, and future architects looking for a practical application for their imaginations.
Minecraft Mods with Java Programming (1 week)
Program your own Minecraft mod with Java! Great for aspiring coders, Minecraft lovers, and critical thinkers. Campers are introduced to crucial coding concepts like variables, functions, parameters, class structure, and hierarchy using the Java programming language, seen commonly in high-school and college-level classes. By the weeks end, they'll have conceptualized and created their own mod using the coding skills they learn!
Pixel Academy uses a holistic, hands-on approach to inspire and empower kids to understand and create with digital technology all year round. We don't just funnel kids through impersonal, cookie-cutter classes and forget about them; all of our instruction is project-based, every participant's project is unique, and our passion for sharing digital tech skills doesn't expire at the end of the summer. Our programs empower kids to explore the STEM skills that will define their world and to apply them to exciting creative projects across multiple disciplines.
Each CAMP/pixel topic is designed to facilitate fundamental understanding of relevant, 21st-century STEM skills through fun, hands-on learning. Our workshops are infused with inquiry-based activities and exercises so each camper is not only introduced to these concepts but can feel ownership over them and understand why they're important. We use inherently cool vehicles (like Minecraft and YouTube) to teach otherwise intimidating skills (like coding in Java and online safety.) Campers leave CAMP/pixel with a finished project of their own creation and a practiced ability to apply digital tech skills in creative ways.