One key thing that sets Minecraft apart from so many other games is the ability of players to “mod,” or modify, the game by modifying the code that Minecraft is written in. Modding is many players’ favorite part of Minecraft! Mods can change almost anything about the game, which makes it a fun way to create an entirely new gaming experience inside Minecraft.
Basic mods often including making new items that players can use in the game, such as a new sword or suit of armor. Advanced mods, however, can completely alter how the Minecraft world appears and even how it functions. Modders can create whole biomes like coral reefs or dense forests, or even entirely new dimensions inside the game. Creating these mods is a great way for players to express their creativity and bring their imaginations to life.
The default (unmodified) version of Minecraft contains three dimensions: The Overworld (the regular game world), The Nether (an underground dimension), and The End (a floating island). All three dimensions can generate infinitely, but each dimension has something unique about it that makes it fun for players to explore them. Players can also mod new dimensions to create their own unique realm inside the Minecraft world.
Creating a dimension inside Minecraft is similar building to a fort: you can control how it looks, as well as what rules apply while you’re inside! Inside your own Minecraft dimension, you can customize every aspect of the landscape, as well as add advanced functionality like artificial intelligence and automatically-generating structures. Creating a dimension gives players a place to invent and create all of the complicated, exciting mods they’ve dreamed about.
However, building such an advanced mod is complicated. It requires an understanding of basic coding concepts and advanced programming skills. Our newest offering teaches young modders all the necessary skills to build their own Minecraft dimension! Mod Design 1: Dimensions is an expansion pack that allows kids to build on the coding concepts and skills they learned in Mod Design 1 to create their very own dimension in Minecraft.
If your student is ready to take their modding to the next level and code their very own Minecraft dimension, check out Mod Design 1: Dimensions today!
It’s time for our favorite monthly series, Coolest Creations by YD Kids! Each month we showcase some of the impressive final projects created by Youth Digital students. These projects reflect all the hard work kids put into their courses, as well as some of the tech skills and software they learned along the way.
Many Youth Digital students are avid gamers, so this month, we’re featuring final projects from our courses that teach technology skills through creating video games. Let’s get started!
Here’s a peek at an awesome mobile game created by our student Luke G.!
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In case you missed it, this post is a follow-up to our post 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft. Go check it out!
By now, we’re all familiar with Minecraft, the amazingly fun, never-ending sandbox game that has been popular with kids and people of all ages for more than five years. We also know that kids gain substantial benefits from playing video games. So let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Minecraft with five more things that every parent should know about their kid’s favorite game! Continue reading “5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”
At first glance, Minecraft may look like any other video game: a fantasy world where players gather resources, battle obstacles, and try to stay alive. But the sandbox nature of the game actually creates a learning experience for kids where they gain valuable skills that are applicable to real life through gameplay.
So what exactly are kids learning as they play Minecraft? There must be a reason that it’s been incorporated into classrooms and homeschool curriculum, after all! Here are five things that kids learn when they play Minecraft.
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We’re not talking about coffee! Java is a computer programming language that was created for general purpose coding. Originally designed for cross-platform compatibility, meaning it can be used for a variety of different devices and programs, Java can run on almost any operating system.
But beyond the basics, Java is an incredibly interesting coding language! Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Java. Continue reading “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Java”
Today marks the 15th year of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, or Girl Day, a program sponsored by DiscoverE which aims to introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just a day, this is a national movement to show girls how creative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. Girl Day is one of the key events in Engineers Week, an annual event which lasts from February 21 to 27, 2016. Continue reading “Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”
For many young Minecraft fans, their love of the game extends far beyond the time they spend playing. Kids can pass endless hours researching new mods, reading blogs, and especially watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. From tutorials on creating new items and buildings to fun Minecraft animations, these videos receive thousands of views every day.
From concerns about inappropriate language to servers that contain indecent items, the sheer amount of Minecraft content available on YouTube can make it difficult for parents to discern which videos are age-appropriate for their kids. However, there are plenty of Minecraft videos out there that will delight kids and earn a stamp of approval from discerning parents. Here are six YouTube channels, featuring Minecraft videos, that are suitable for kids. Continue reading “6 Kid-Friendly YouTube Channels for Your Young Minecraft Fan”
It’s time for our favorite monthly series, Coolest Creations by YD Kids! Each month we showcase some of the impressive final projects created by Youth Digital students. These projects reflect all the hard work our kids put into their courses, as well as some of the tech skills and software they learned along the way.
To kick it off, check out Zak’s project from one of our most popular courses, Server Design 1!
Continue reading “Coolest Creations by YD Kids: November Edition”
The Youth Digital team recently attended SPARKCon 2015, Raleigh’s annual festival of creativity. It was a blast! We love being a part of anything that celebrates creativity and innovation. SPARKCon was an exciting chance for kids from all over our home state of North Carolina to create whatever they could imagine, from art to music to Minecraft mods.
Continue reading “SPARKCon 2015 Wrap-Up”
We’re excited to kick off a new monthly series that shows off the awesome final projects created by Youth Digital students! Coolest Creations by YD Kids will showcase all the hard work our kids put into their final projects, as well as some of the tech skills they learned along the way.
To kick it off, let’s take a look at “Arcade Closed,” a short animation by one of our students, KM!
Continue reading “Coolest Creations by YD Kids: September Edition”