The #1 Reason Why Minecraft Is An ‘Educational Goldmine’ For Teaching Your Child To Code

Minecraft Mods.

Have you heard that term before? If you have a Minecraft-loving child, there’s a chance you’ve heard the word ‘mod’ thrown in between talk of ‘creepers’ and the last Stampy youtube episode.
 
So let me explain what they are...

Minecraft Mods are bits of computer code that modify the original behaviour of your child's Minecraft game.

Any Minecraft player with coding skills can essentially re-program the game into anything they can imagine.

Here are just a few examples of what mods can do:
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Build A Castle In A Single Click

Mods can automatically build large and complex structures in an instant, to easily fill a world with castles, rainbows, skyscrapers and dancefloors.

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Make A Soccer Mini-Game

Mods can turn Minecraft into a mini-game like soccer, paintball or treasure hunt. Mini-games can have scores, and can be played with friends

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Turn The World To Ice

How about a mod that freezes the ground around us when we walk around, just like Elsa in the movie 'Frozen'

You may not realize it yet, but this is absolutely brilliant news for parents like you.

Why?
 
Because mods are your golden ticket to turning Minecraft ‘screen time’ into ‘education time’ - where your child is eagerly learning the #1 most in-demand skill of the 21st century: coding.

Minecraft modding allows your child to bring his or her big ideas to life in a way that’s fun, collaborative and social.

I’ll illustrate with a simple example, taken from the free introductory workshop that we run here at CodeMakers.

Let’s say your child wants to throw a snowball and have 3 bolts of lightning strike when it lands somewhere. 
 
After breaking the problem down into tiny steps, and thinking through the situation logically (like a computer), her code would end up looking like this:

After writing this code, she can run around in Minecraft throwing snowballs that immediately strike 3 lightning bolts when they land!

In this very simple mod she's used universally applicable coding concepts that are used in the workforce to program anything from a calculator to Facebook to a NASA space craft. They are also part of the new Australian Digital Technologies primary school curriculum.

As well as coding, Minecraft modding incorporates a lot of other skills:

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Maths

Constructing simple formulas, probability, fractions, geometry, working with 3D co-ordinates in the Minecraft world.

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Logic

To program a computer, we must give very explicit, clear & logical instructions.

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Problem-Solving

Coding is all about breaking larger ideas and problems down into a series of small tasks to give the computer.

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Experimentation

Coding requires experimentation – trying, failing, and trying again until the code works the way we want.

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Creativity

Coding is the ultimate creative tool. Your child can create anything they can imagine - whether its a world full of flying slimes or a skyscraper made out of cake!

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Attention To Detail

Writing code requires focused thinking and attention to detail. Make a mistake and our mod won’t work!

And the best part is, this new fun Minecraft coding 'hobby' is also a valuable skill that employers will pay real money for.

...And the demand is only going to increase as the digital economy continues to expand at a rapid rate. 
 
This graph released by the US Whitehouse illustrates the opportunity pretty well:
See that orange section there?
 
That orange section is the difference between supply and demand for people who can code.... and look how fast that gap is growing!
 
Technology skills are insanely valuable.

My younger brother taught himself to code when he was 8. By the time he was a teenager he'd already built and sold his first website.

He's now just graduated university and the world is his oyster. He's looking at travelling for a year (which he can easily pay for with a couple of months of highly-paid contract work), ticking things off his bucket list as he goes and exploring his other hobbies (music & finance).
 
He'll probably end up tinkering away on a fun side project and who knows... it could turn into a massive business. That's how Facebook, Apple, and plenty of other massive tech companies started.
 
My brother is just one example of the freedom that comes from nurturing a passion for technology at a young age, and developing the skills to bring his ideas to life using code.
 
You can ignite that very same passion in your Minecraft-loving child by introducing him or her to modding. 

Unfortunately, Minecraft modding can be difficult to learn without 'technical' parents.

For your child to start modding Minecraft, you'll need to setup and run your own server which means installing and configuring various things. 

Your child will also need to write code in Java or Javascript, which looks something like this:
This can be a little tricky and scary for young kids with little or no coding experience. 
 
If they so much as miss a semi-colon, their code won't work. Without an experienced coder being able to ask them the right questions and point them towards a solution to their bug, the learning process can be very difficult and frustrating.
 

That being said, if your child is...

  • Very good at self-directed learning
  • Already an intermediate - advanced coder OR has a parent who can debug their code

... then these books might be a great place for them to get started:

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Minecraft Modding With Forge

This book will teach your child how to mod Minecraft with Java. Requires running your own server.

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A Beginner's Guide To Writing Minecraft Plugins With Javascript

This book will teach your child how to mod Minecraft in Javascript using a code library called Scriptcraft. Requires running your own server.

For non-technical parents & beginner coders, we've made it easier!

I created CodeMakers to teach kids how to bring their brilliantly creative ideas to life using code

We run a ridiculously fun 60 minute online 'Intro' Workshop for beginner coders that I'm sure your child will LOVE!
 
During this workshop, your child will work with a teacher in a small group of up to 5 students to code their first Minecraft mod in an hour. 
 
Our classes are run online via video conference, so there's no need to drive your child anywhere. 
 
And there's no need to setup your own server or configure any complicated coding setup yourself, so its perfect for a non-technical parent. 
 
We've even built our own custom software so your child can start modding Minecraft using beginner-friendly drag & drop code.
 

Ok, so you're probably wondering how much this costs...

Previously this intro workshop has cost $39, and hundreds of parents have eagerly signed their child up.
 
However, I thought I'd try something a little different. I'm now offering this introductory workshop for FREE for a limited time.
 
I'm doing this because I KNOW your child will love it, and I'm hoping they'll discover their passion for code and continue learning this amazing skill with us in our weekly extra-curricular classes that run during the school term.
 
In fact, I have NEVER seen a student leave one of our classes in anything but a euphoric state. 
 
Believe me - its the most rewarding thing to see that huge smile light up their little face as they create exploding snowballs and teleporting arrows in Minecraft and discover the power and freedom that comes from being able to tell a computer EXACTLY what you want it to do. 
 
I want that for your child. That is what motivates me every day. 
 
These parents want the same thing for their children, and this is what they've said about our classes:
Ella's Mum
"She looked proud as punch with herself when I arrived home and told me in great detail what she'd achieved. She loves it."
Charlie's Mum
"The boys loved your lesson on Saturday! Charlie wanted to do three more hours! Thanks so much."
Sabrina's Mum
"Sabrina told me the class was 'way too much fun!' She really loved it and has logged back in to play with some mods."
Heidi's Dad
"Heidi loved the class on Saturday and is keen to do more. Afterwards she said "That was awesome Daddy!"
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Your 8-12 Year Old Child Can Code Their First Minecraft Mod With Our FREE Intro Workshop

  • Receive personalized attention in a tiny group of just 5 students, for one hour.
  • Suitable for beginner coders with limited experience
  • Attend the workshop online, from the comfort of home
  • Price: FREE (for a limited time)