I'm a little late with this, but I want to share a little bit about our trip to Minecon. Minecon California 2016 was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA this year. This was probably one of our favorite events of all time. It was truly a special experience, for our kiddo, as well as my wife and I.
Block by Block is an innovative partnership between Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft, and UN-Habitat, the UN Programme for Sustainable Cities. We use Minecraft as a community participation tool in urban design and fund the implementation of public space projects all over the world, with a focus on poor communities in developing countries.
This is such a wonderful idea and is very inspiring to see how this game can change lives and communities all around the world.
For our family, we love to play the game, as well as learn how to code. Minecraft is a fantastic way for kids and parents to learn how to code in a very enjoyable and engaging way. I'm a web developer myself so naturally I love teaching our kiddo how to code. I believe that it's a great way to teach kids how to think in a logical sort of flow. Following a logical flow, pattern, algorithm, etc., is a great way to help stay organized. If something in that algorithm breaks, or doesn't go as expected, you can just retrace your steps in order to debug and fix the problem. The same goes for math, science, english, etc., but you can see where I'm going here.
Learning how to code is such an important skill these days. If you or your children are into technology, you should take the time to learn how that technology works. I'm not saying you should quit everything and become programmers, but at least introduce it to your kids and see how it goes. As we progressively become more dependent on technology you're only setting your kids up for success by introducing them to critical skills that will certainly help them succeed no matter what they choose to do as they grow up.
If you're interested in learning more about how to introduce your children to coding in a fun way through Minecraft, there are a few services that we love personally:
- Youth Digital - $250.00 one time fee for the course and has an expiration date.
- LearnToMod - $29.99 per year. (Our favorite)
- Code Kingdoms - $14.99 per month.
- Code.org - Free
There are many other tools, applications and services to get involved with coding, but these are our favorites and are the ones that are integrated with Minecraft. If you choose to explore these options, I hope that you get some enjoyment out of them and find them as exciting as we do.