AcadeCoders 2015 Blog
Welcome to the AcadeCoders 2015 Blog! This blog will showcase all of the campers coding activities, challenges, and outdoor play! This blog will be updated daily so parents and campers can view and reflect what was done that day.
Week 1 (June 29th-July 3rd, 2015): Minecraft EDU Medieval Theme
The basis of this week’s theme is to introduce campers to medieval themes and challenges. The campers are being split into two teams, where they will face various challenges and games to build the best possible kingdom before they raid each other!
DAY 1 (Monday June 29th, 2015)
After the campers were introduced to Academie de la Capitale’s AcadeCoder program and went through a jiu-jitsu session with instructor Phil of K2 Martial Arts, the campers began to log into MinecraftEDU and crafting their kingdoms. The morning challenge for campers was to work as a team and start outlining how they want to build their kingdom and create the base.
After a wholesome lunch, the campers spent part of the afternoon outside at Morrison Park, enjoying the nice weather. Campers had options of playing badminton, frisbee, basketball, or socializing and playing on the play structure.
After outdoor activities and play, the campers came back in to start building their kingdom. Each team finished planning and began to build their structures and castles. Several campers used different methods and designs, from creating large bordering walls and towers, to lava filled pools.
DAY 2 (Tuesday June 30th, 2015)
After the campers were logged into their MinecraftEDU account, each of the two teams was given extra time to finish their general outline of their kingdom design. This is where campers looked to outline the size of their kingdom, how the structure will look like, specifics in terms of what is needed, and gathering all the material within the MinecraftEDU world to design the best kingdom possible.
After their snack break, the campers were directed to start building the large structural portions of their kingdoms. This includes the fine details of the castle, outlining different parts of the kingdom where other items or livestock is stored, and any other essentials the campers wanted to place.
After lunch, the campers took to Morrison Park to take their eyes off the screen and enjoy the great weather. As campers are learning to develop their creative, building, and coding skills within MinecraftEDU, it is essential for them to have a break and be physically active. Campers have options to what they want to do to be active, from playing classic playground games of tag and manhunt to sports such as tennis, frisbee, badminton, and more!
After outdoor activities and snack, the campers were back at designing their team’s kingdoms. Their afternoon task was to continue to create several necessary additions to their lands, such as towers, housing, moats, and large borders to protect their kingdom. It is great seeing how campers can find limitless creativity to their kingdom while taking into account for functionality and protection of their castles.
DAY 3 (Wednesday July 1st, 2015)
NO CAMP – CANADA DAY
AcadeCoders and Academie de la Capitale wish all campers and parents a safe and fun Canda Day!
DAY 4 (Thursday July 2nd, 2015)
After the campers logged into their MinecraftEDU accounts with their choice gamer tag, campers spent the first half of the morning finishing their border and general structural designs to their kingdoms. This includes adding more towers, building larger walls, collecting more resources, and personalizing their castles to their own personal taste.
After snack, the campers were instructed to finish up their final outlines of their kingdoms and expand their creativity to build additions based on their own personal creativity. These additions can be anything, from towers in the shape of horses, lava filled pools, to structures of their favourite icons.
All kingdoms and their empires need warriors! After lunch and outdoor activities, the campers and their team were assigned to start making their army full of warriors to protect and defend their kingdoms. Campers could design their army by various skins and adding various types of armor made from silver or gold; in addition to weaponry. Campers had to build and strategize the placement of their army while increasing their kingdom size.
DAY 5 (Friday July 3rd, 2015)
Last day of AcadeCoder’s MinecraftEDU camp! What a great week it has been to teach and see all campers improve their coding and creativity within MinecraftEDU. All campers worked hard within their teams to design their kingdoms, pushed to their limits of creativity, and finally sought to the day of raiding!
After each camper logged into their MinecraftEDU account, they had the morning to improve their kingdoms in anyway possible. This meant that campers could use certain types of material for their infrastructures to provide more protection and stability, expand their army, and any last minute preparations before the raid.
After lunch, the campers took to their last day of outdoor activities! It was great seeing campers who enjoyed and found a balance between spending time on the computer and being physically active. Campers played various outdoor games of tag, manhunt, tennis, soccer, and more. All campers enjoyed being outside and the constant bonding and socializing.
After outdoor activities, the campers took to the last challenge of the medieval theme of MinecraftEDU; the raid! In this challenge, all campers were placed in their world of creative mode to survival mode. This meant that they could raid each other’s kingdoms to prove which kingdom and army is the strongest and most powerful. Their success reflected on all their hard work and creativity this week.