DESIGNCraft Academy – Learning to CREATe in MineCraft
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July 30-Aug 3
In CodeCraft Academy, campers will explore and create in Minecraft in a whole new way! With their own robot assistants, they will learn to code, create and survive in a multiplayer realm they share with the other campers. They will explore the civics of creating a functioning society, explore economics of trading, learn how math can help them find all the best resources, and learn visual programming to teach their robot to collect resources and build themselves a home. All through the week, campers will complete challenges to earn bonus gear so that they can work together and channel their new knowledge and skills to challenge the Ender Dragon in our Friday afternoon session.
Corey Kilbane, co-founder and director of the IdeaLab at Penn Charter, will direct this camp. With more than a decade of working with students, Corey has also been recognized as leader in the field of technology and education. In addition to supporting teacher and students in the IdeaLabs, Corey teaches atoms and reactions, bits and bots, and service through design. He got his start teaching by creating science magic shows for local schools while studying biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to study organocatalyst methodology as a graduate student at University of Chicago, before returning to education. As a teacher he continues to develop new curriculum with a high-tech hands-on approach. Recent projects include: gamifying Kerbal Space Program and Minecraft for the classroom, presenting about Making as Learning at conferences including South by Southwest, developing an innovation curriculum with a Wharton professor, serving as a Smithsonian 3D digitization partner, and a summer teaching associate at the National Museum of American History, where he has implemented an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the history and engineering of circuits.
Don't feel like packing lunch in the summertime? Try our lunch option. Campers will be served a nutritious and balanced meal with various choices. Daily offerings will include one entree (salad, sandwich or grill item) one small drink, and one snack or fruit. Cost: $6/day, $30/week. Campers are encouraged to sign up in advance if interested in this option, although cash “drop-ins” will be accepted.
Interested families may enroll in the extended-day option by indicating so in the appropriate space on the application. Campers may enroll in the Early-Bird Program, the After-Camp Program or both. Families who need this service occasionally or in an emergency must contact the director, and cash payment must be received the day the service is provided.
Prices listed below apply to advanced registration only. Drop-ins accepted on a daily basis without registration for a cash fee of $15 per day, per program.
Hours Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost $6/day, $30/week
Hours 3:30-5:45 p.m. Pick up any time before 5:45 p.m.
Cost $11/day, $55/week
Snack and supervised activities included.
A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for pick-up after 5:45 p.m.
Transportation can be provided for campers from Center City and some surrounding communities. However, our provisions for your child’s transportation do have limits. Once registration has been submitted, any changes to pickup and drop-off locations must be e-mailed well in advance, and a $25 administrative fee will be charged. Friends of campers may not ride the buses unless they have signed up in advance for transportation. We ask your cooperation in registering early for this extra service.
Round-trip $100/week; one-way $50/week.