Category: Animation

Youth Digital® Named Winner of the Parents’ Choice® Gold Award for the Second Year in a Row and 12 year old Student Wins 2016 STEM Video Game Challenge

Youth Digital® Named Winner of the Parents’ Choice® Gold Award for the Second Year in a Row and 12 year old Student Wins 2016 STEM Video Game Challenge

Youth Digital Inc., a leading technology education organization for youth ages 8-14 that brought you Mod Design 1, Learn to Code with Minecraft® and 3D Game Development 1, Learn to Code C# in Unity®, is proud to be named winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for the second year in a row.


The winning course, 3D Character Animation 1, is another installment in Youth Digital’s series of courses around Minecraft®. Emily Crawford, reviewer for Parents’ Choice® , writes, “We have been astonished by Youth Digital’s level of commitment to its students; this, above even the brilliantly-written course material, is the company’s greatest asset…[this] more than justifies the $250 price tag.”

Continuing the winning streak, Youth Digital would like to congratulate student Ronan Boyarksi, age 12, for winning the 2016 STEM Video Game Challenge! Ronan’s game, Hungry Black Hole, won the Open Platform Middle School category. Read more about Ronan’s win at the STEM Challenge website.


“We are extremely proud of Ronan,” says Justin Richards, CEO and Founder of Youth Digital® . “His commitment, appetite for learning, and creativity paid off here. Ronan is a shining example of what we at Youth Digital believe at our core: teaching kids how to create with technology leads to a world of opportunities.”

Youth Digital is offering exclusive deals on its award winning courses throughout the 2016 Holiday season and beyond.

To learn more about Youth Digital and its unique approach to technology education, please visit

About Youth Digital
Youth Digital® offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach kids the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, kids ages 8 to 14 become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to kids globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 100,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Today, students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in Youth Digital’s online courses in Java programming, game development, mobile app design, 3D printing, 3D animation, and more.

About Parents’Choice®
Parents’ Choice Foundation, established in 1978 as a 501c3, is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. Best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards® program, the Parents’ Choice Award Seals are the Foundation’s internationally recognized and respected icons of quality. The Parents’ Choice core team is a small group of talented and fun-loving alphabetically sorted professionals: Claire S. Green, Jackie Yau, and Keri Zeiler. The Parents’ Choice Award judges are experts in areas of industry and interest, from dinosaurs to digital media and from mathematics to making mayhem. The Parents’ Choice Awards committee members hail from families across the country.

Why I Love to Create: Sofie

Why I Love to Create: Sofie

I like to create because I am a right brained person. I am the creative soul who needs to burst out, for others fear to do so. I feel it’s my calling to use my creative skills for the good of others and hopefully bring out the good in others!

Where I mainly put my talent is in animation. Since I was young, I was marveled by the illusion of life created by animation. Over the years, I have found it a coping mechanism for my anxiety, I found a soothing rhythm in frame by frame 2D animation and the bounciness of 3D animation. My creation through animation has lead me to write screenplays and short stories, I even plan to start my own productions company when I’m older in hopes to inspire others to create!

My passion will burn with me for the rest of my life, and hope that one day my works are looked upon with the same awe that I have when I look upon another’s creation. I love to create!

A Youth Digital Story: Why I Love to Create

How Nicholas Found Passion for Animation

Hello everyone! My name is Nicholas, and I’m the creator of the Minecraft short film avalanche, which won a runner-up position in the 2015 winter contest at Youth Digital! Youth Digital asked its students to write essays about why we love to create on our free time. I’m super excited to get to share some of my creative passions with the rest of the world!

Creating for me has become limitless as I explore the possibilities of what I can do in the 3D animation software, blender. I have been animating in blender for about four years, even before Youth Digital released its animation courses. I have had a lot of help from a good friend, Nathaniel, who mentored me voluntarily in 3D animation from the beginning! I also, of course, learned a lot of useful techniques from none other than Youth Digital! They taught me a lot about blending movements in the dope sheet, and the NLA editor.

I love creating because you can take your imagination and bring it to life with digital applications that let you create things such as Minecraft mods and 3D animations that you can share with the rest of the world! Creating sometimes does have its limits, but with hard work and determination, you can stretch those boundaries and create just about whatever you can imagine. I still remember the thrill I had when first booted up blender. I felt like the possibilities were endless for creating and modeling the characters that I could only draw on the Windows Paint Program!  Creating 3D animations in blender, for me, has become a favorite hobby, and quite possibly a future career.

So a note to everyone reading this, you can, with hard work and determination, create just about whatever you want with the main limitation being you time and imagination. But do remember, that sometimes you need to have a team of people working together, to make something possible. Currently, I am working on the story to my next film, which is about an Easter Egg who risks everything, including his shell, for the good of everyone else. Thank you so much for reading, and I encourage you to go and create!

Here’s the link to my friend Nathaniel Winckler’s awesome website: