"I'm not a techy person, my mum signed me up. I love that here you combine creativity with technology. I really want to keep learning."Alba, Young Minecraft Enthusiast
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Minecraft Machine Engineer – After School
Minecraft Machine Engineer
NEW! Learn how to automate your Minecraft world! In this course, you will develop automated tools to mine and harvest resources as well as craft new items in order to become a Minecraft Machine Engineer!
Minecraft Machine Engineer – After School
For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).
Become a Minecraft Machine Engineer
Learn to customise your Minecraft environment by learning the best shortcuts and understanding the Redstone programming and electronics platform
Create automated pipelines and factories
Learn how to use a specific Mod to automate your production of various items
Create automated mining systems
Learn to program basic robot type additions to the Minecraft world so that they will automatically mine and harvest resources on your behalf
Is Minecraft educational?
Take control of your Minecraft world by learning how to add circuitry to make your builds more interactive. You’ll also learn how to automate crafting processes that will turn your resources into new items without your input as well as how to build autonomous turtle based robots to mine and harvest the resources in your world. As a Minecraft Machine Engineer with Fire Tech, you will be thrown into an intensive mix of creativity, gaming and engineering. Each student finishes with an impressive command of important computing concepts, practical making skills, and will have extended their understanding of how to expand and enjoy their Minecraft universe.
This is an engaging course for 9-12-year-olds that will build on what they have previously learnt in our Minecraft Maker course, allowing them to delve deeper into advanced techniques for automating their worlds, whilst learning the basics of computer programming.
Minecraft is an incredibly popular block-building game, the second most-downloaded game of all time. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of how simple circuits and logic gates work, how to automate processes in Minecraft and how to build automated machines to mine, plant, sow and build in the world.
We have explored more of the educational and computing benefits of Minecraft in our blog post on The Benefits of Learning with Minecraft.
This is an online course taught live by an expert tutor who is fully DBS-checked. You will join a small group of other young learners online, working together and making lots of progress in fun and interactive sessions. All classes are monitored and recorded for safety.
You will need a laptop or desktop computer capable of running Minecraft Java Edition. As long as the computer is able to run Minecraft it should be able to run the other tools too. The tools in this course will work with the Minecraft Java Edition only, this can be on Mac OS or Windows, they will not work with the Windows 10 Edition, Pocket Edition, Pi Edition or the various Console versions.
You will also need a license for Minecraft Java Edition which can be bought from here: Minecraft Java Edition
What your child will learn
- Enhanced understanding of STEM fields such as coding, game design and computational thinking
- How to use Mods in Minecraft to change aspects of the game
- The basics of electronic and logic circuits modelled in Minecraft using Redstone
- Using the Buildcraft Mod to create automated pipelines and factories
- How to use Computercraft and Turtles to automate mining and other activities
Typical daily schedule
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