By Yolande Poirier-Oracle on Mar 22, 2015
By Guest Blogger Arun Gupta
Exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog on Introducing Kids to Java Programming using Minecraft. Since then, Devoxx4Kids has delivered numerous Minecraft Modding workshops all around the world. The workshop material is all publicly accessible at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft. In these workshops, we teach attendees, typically 8 - 16 years of age, how to create Minecraft Mods. Given the excitement around Minecraft in this age range, these workshops are typically sold out very quickly.
One of the parents from our workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area asked us to deliver a 8-week course on Minecraft modding at their local public school. As an athlete, I'm always looking for new challenges and break the rhythm. This felt like a good option, and so the game was on!
My son has been playing the game, and modding, for quite some time and helped me create the mods easily. We've also finished authoring our upcoming O'Reilly book on Minecraft Modding using Forge so had a decent idea on what needs to be done for these workshops.
Minecraft Modding Workshop Material
All the workshop material is available at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft.
Getting Started with Minecraft Modding using Forge shows the basic installation steps.
These classes were taught from 7:30am - 7:45am, before start of the school. Given the nature of workshop, the enthusiasm and concentration in the kids was just amazing.