We had the AMAZING opportunity to review Youth Digital‘s Mod Design 1 class. This is an ONLINE class geared toward students between 8 and 14 (Grades 3 – 8) which offers learning code (Java) to do mod designing in Minecraft. Your first question might be “What is a mod?” A mod is a modification is adding what you want to Minecraft.
With that, this program offers twelve modules covering the following…
…as you can see it covers A LOT!
The first thing you need to do for the class is download and connect all the separate pieces…which is actually VERY easy to do. Then, the student logs in and works away! The guy in the videos (Justin) does a GREAT job of keeping the kids attention…he moves around a lot and talks fast and is really funny!
As the student works through each module they are told to pause, go work on their assignment and then come back. Everything about this program is VERY WELL thought out and put together!
There is testing at the end of each module so as to confirm your child is actually learning (and not just having fun!).
After each module they have a review. You get points for each question you answer which goes to a “points store” that goes toward a code that can be added to the mod. For instance, the first one you get is a lightening sword so once you put it in and you go in to Minecraft and hit a mob, a lighting strike comes down. (FUN STUFF!!!)
Here is a screen print of my son and his sword in the “programming stage”:
And then here is is sword in Minecraft:
Although my son is above the “suggested age range” this class has been WONDERFUL for him to see how computer programs are put together and how you can change things. And he LOVED it!
The portal is easy to get around and find what you need. There are screens that open that tell the students where they are in their learning as well as places to see what scores they got.
I asked my son his thoughts and this is what he shared:
- They are easy step by step instructions.
- Because they are videos you can go back and watch it again, if needed.
- Justin makes it more enjoyable by adding jokes.
The customer service within the class is amazing! You simply shoot them an email and they respond quickly back (normally within a couple hours).
From Youth Digital:
In the process of creating their own Mod, students learn the most important concepts of object-oriented programming. They learn how to instantiate new objects, call methods, define parameters, and run loops all in the service of adding new features and functionality to their final project.
Would we recommend this class to others? YES! As a matter of fact we already have! I have shared about this program all over different forums I am in as well as all over Facebook. Now…the one downfall (in my opinion) is the price…it is a bit on the pricey side. HOWEVER…at the time of this posting you can get it through Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (which is FREE to be a member) for 40% off (through 2/17)! I HIGHLY SUGGEST you check it out!
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.