Minecraft Modding and Game Design

Expand your Minecraft experience by designing your own mods!

Always a big favorite and one of our most popular camps, campers use MCreator software to alter (“mod”) existing characters and designs, and build new, highly customized armor, tools, and building blocks. Campers create custom biomes, dimensions, and structures to create entirely new worlds in Minecraft! Campers can explore Blockbench, a 3D modeling tool, to create customized textures and 3D models for mobs and entities in your mod, like a farm animal, monster, or boss! Add it all together and you’re designing your own custom version of this popular game! This camp is perfect for anyone who loves Minecraft and wants to have even more control over what they can build.

  • Grades 5-8 (Fall 2023)
  • Level Beginner – Intermediate
  • Schedule Week-long camp, online, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm daily
  • Prerequisites Prior Minecraft experience and love of Minecraft is a plus!
  • Tech Required PC or Mac with reasonably current OS, microphone and webcam. Details in FAQs
  • Price Starting at $399

This camp is great for kids who

  • Love Minecraft and want to experience it in a new way
  • Enjoy downloading new mods and playing on servers and want to see how they are built
  • Have strong opinions about the latest additions to Minecraft and know that they could do even better!

Come Have Fun and Learn To

  • Use MCreator to make your own custom version of Minecraft
  • Create 2D textures that wrap around 3D models
  • Bring together a whole new game world, made of unique biomes, with original blocks, plants, and liquids

The Best STEM Camp for Your Child

  • Voted a #1 Best STEM Program eight years running by thousands of local parents like you, and trusted by more than 100 education partners including elite private schools and large diverse public schools to run STEM programs for their students
  • More convenient, safe, kid-appropriate locations Make new friends with kids who share your child’s passion for STEM and live near you
  • Fun learning that builds lifelong passion
  • Year-round, local, STEM programs in MA
  • Flexible refunds and changes to adapt to your evolving schedule
  • Exceptional Empow-trained staff are passionate about STEM and adept at building mentor relationships
  • Personalized learning in each small class

Uncompromising Quality Without Extravagant Prices

We all want the best for our kids. Empow’s year-round programs, partnerships with more than 100 educational institutions, and a tight focus on elementary and middle schoolers, allow us to provide you with the highest quality STEM summer camp without the extravagant prices charges by many summer-only STEM camps.

  • Year-round instructional staff offer exceptional quality without costly high turnover typical at summer-only STEM camps
  • More than 100 education partners in New England mean we earn our exceptional local reputation without exorbitant national marketing (and we pass those saving on to you)
  • Private schools and our own year-round studios offer more convenient, safer, and more kid-friendly camp locations (that cost us and you less)
  • Local owners on a mission to provide exceptional quality STEM education

“We found EMPOW to be the best learning and fun for our little one, at agreeable prices for the value they provide” —Tara, Lexington Summer Camp Parent, 2022

Answers to Common Questions about this Camp

  • How is this camp different from the other Minecraft camps you offer?

    • In Minecraft Expedition campers learn how to play, build basic structures, experiment with art and architecture, and begin to explore Redstone and commands
    • In Minecraft Redstone Engineering campers already familiar with Minecraft learn and use more advanced building techniques and tools
    • In Minecraft Modding & Game Design campers who already know the game build new game elements to create their own custom version of Minecraft

  • How does this camp fit into my child’s education and development?

    Modding is a great first step into coding and art. For potential coders, MCreator handles all of the hard work of translating design into Java code, but modders have to think like a programmer by organizing their work and making sure that all of the pieces fit together. The most advanced modders in the class will get a taste of MCreators block-based coding. For potential artists, modders can make each block a work of art and then MCreator will follow their instructions for how to translate their designs into an immersive 3D world. Students can continue to explore coding and art with us through game design or can pursue coding and digital art through a variety of other courses that we offer in each domain.

  • What camp will this prepare my child to take next?

  • What is an Empow STEM camp day like?

    The Empow experience is all about big fun and big learning through creating awesome projects with cool tech. Whether they’re coding, designing video games, or sculpting in virtual 3D clay, we believe creativity is essential and is built into the DNA of our program design. Each online camp schedule is built around maximizing 3-hours of project time, but we also build in time for daily Stand-Ups at the start and close of each session. Each child is encouraged to share their plans, their challenges, and even a test version of their project so that opportunities are surfaced to work on group projects, provide support, and get feedback. We emphasize many kinds of collaboration because it’s an essential learning skill, it increases STEM learning, and because making friends with kids who have similar interests is one of the most awesome parts of camp! We also take 15 minutes each day to grab a snack, chat, and practice some self-care, but rest assured that this is a group activity and campers are supervised throughout the entire day. Outside of camp time, campers continue to have access to our learning resources and we encourage them to carve out their own independent project time between sessions. At week’s end, our rock star campers show off their ambitious projects to family and friends.

  • How is Empow STEM camp different from other similar programs?

    Empow’s STEM camps are uniquely able to meet the needs of children and young teens and their families.

    • Better Instructors for Children & Young Teens. Our instructors are exceptional at working with this age cohort, nurturing their budding passion for STEM, providing compelling tech-savvy role models, developing the social and emotional skills essential for kids and STEM-learning, and making camp fun! Like some programs, many of our instructors are recruited from top colleges, pass rigorous background checks, and are trained extensively. Unlike many programs, because we offer year-round STEM programs, many of our instructors work with us year-round, making them exceptionally capable.
    • Exclusively focused on the unique needs of Children & Young Teens. Elementary and middle school students should not be stressing about preparing for college applications or padding their resumes; camps with that focus are clearly designed for older students. Neither should they just be playing video games all day, as many so-called STEM camps have kids do. Rather, Empow camps meet age-appropriate learning and developmental goals: Exposure to STEM in a fun and supportive environment; Foundations for lifelong STEM learning which begin with making campers excited to keep learning more; Self-esteem and self-confidence from by overcoming obstacles, completing ambitious projects, and presenting them to family and peers; Friendships with like-minded local students that embrace their interests and personality; Social and emotional development which has been proven to advance STEM learning at this age in particular; Opportunity to accelerate into high-school level curriculum once they find STEM topics that ignite their passion; and Fun because great things happen when kids love to learn.
    • More Convenient, Safer, More Kid-Friendly Locations. Empow offers more camps, in more locations, to make life easier for busy parents. Whether at elite private schools like Milton and Winsor, or at our own year-round studios, our camps run on safe, kid-oriented campuses.
    • Year-round Local Programs. If your child finds their passion with STEM, Empow is there as your partner to continue the learning. Unlike STEM camps that are here only a few weeks each summer, we offer programs year-round with local in-person Afterschool Classes, Private Lessons, and camps during school vacation and holidays.
    • Lower prices. The best does not have to cost the most. Empow has won more awards for excellence, and is trusted by more local education partners, and still saves you 30% or more compared to some of the big national, summer-only STEM camps.

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