Minecraft has the scope to be a tool and not just used to be entertained, were you can write a poem in a minecraft book and share it with others to learning to code by modding the source code.

Minecraft is a sandbox construction game (akin to digital LEGO), created by Markus Persson who started coding when he was just 8 years old. The game involves players creating and destroying various types of Blocks in a three-dimensional environment. The player takes on an avatar that can destroy or create blocks, forming simple to highly complex civil engineering structures, creations, artwork to interactable objects such as automatic irrigation systems and ancient aqueducts powered by Redstone and Logic gates. To date, 33 million copies of Minecraft have been purchased across different platforms from PC to handheld devices.

EPIK’s focus is to encourage programming and in this workshop we will be looking into the mechanics of what makes the games we enjoy by beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible when looking at the code,  exploring how properties can affect in game actions, and to create personalised custom modifications to the game.

Want to learn more on how to turn your kids from users of MineCraft to digital makers?

You can find our main activities main page at http://www.meetup.com/EPIK-UK including our work with Mozilla WebMaker.

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