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PythonThinker Programming with Minecraft

Classes Available Weekly!

For Ages 12 and above
Use discount code promo15 when you sign up and get $15 off!
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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
~Carl Sagan

Minecraft Coding with Python® for Kids

Does your kid spend hours playing Minecraft? As a parent, are you concerned about the wasted time on idle entertainment and how you could keep them meaningfully occupied? Why not convert those hours into learning new programming skills with Python®?

In our new Minecraft Coding with Python® for Kids, kids learn computational and programming concepts with Python® and use these skills to build big structures in Minecraft such as a house with a swimming pool, or a high tower surrounded by a flowing lava moat in just a few seconds and with just a few lines of code! By learning how to write programs in Python® and applying it in Minecraft, your kid will learn a new skill while having absolute fun in Minecraft!

This course is part of our beginner Python® Programming Class suitable for young programmers aged 12 and above.

Course Outline

  • Getting to know Python® and Minecraft;
  • Python® syntax, coding structure, loops, conditionals and data types;
  • 7 Basic Concepts of Computer Programming (that all Professional Programmers use!);
  • 5 Steps of Computational Thinking;
  • Incorporating Python® programming into Minecraft; and
  • Create, Design and Build in Minecraft…faster and better with Python®!

Learning Goals

  • Develop an ability to think like a Programmer and apply Computational Thinking concepts to Design, Create and Code, using the Python® programming language;
  • Acquire basic Python® programming skills and coding concepts that professional programmers use in their daily work; and
  • Harness the opportunities to think, to imagine, to explore, to create and most importantly, learn something useful while having fun!

Course Structure

4 levels of 4 classes each

1. Beginner Python (4 classes)
2. Intermediate Python (4 classes)
3. Advanced Python (4 classes)
4. Practical Python (4 classes)

You can sign up for each level separately.

1.5 hours per class

Max. 8 students per class

Min. 4 students to start

Age Group

Age 12 & above

Prerequisites

None required. These classes are meant for beginners.

Equipment

Laptops will be used and provided for each kid. If you would like to bring your own laptop (Windows 7 and above only), do let us know in advance!

Students should have their own Minecraft (PC version) login user id and password. We will also help to provide the Minecraft ID on request.

Location

The Grandstand (Previously Turf City)
200 Turf Club Road #04-10B
Singapore 287994

Upcoming Classes

PythonThinker

Saturday

1.00pm - 2.30pm

Level 1: Beginner Python
May-6, May-13, May-20, May-27

Level 2: Intermediate Python
Jun-3, Jun-10, Jun-17, Jun-24

Level 3: Advanced Python
Jul-1, Jul-8, Jul-15, Jul-22

Level 4: Practical Python
Jul-29, Aug-5, Aug-12, Aug-19

You can register for each level (4 classes) separately.

$296

for 4 classes (1.5 hours each)

Use discount code promo15 when you register and enjoy $15 off!

PythonThinker

Sunday

1.00pm - 2.30pm

Level 1: Beginner Python
May-28, Jun-4, Jun-11, Jun-18

Level 2: Intermediate Python
Jun-25, Jul-2, Jul-9, Jul-16

Level 3: Advanced Python
Jul-23, Jul-30, Aug-6, Aug-13

Level 4: Practical Python
Aug-20, Aug-27, Sep-3, Sep-10

You can register for each level (4 classes) separately.
*Last updated: May-16*

$296

for 4 classes (1.5 hours each)

Use discount code promo15 when you register and enjoy $15 off!

Why Computhink?

Maximum learning in small classes

All our classes are kept small to ensure maximum attention to your child's learning needs. By keeping the class small, we ensure that each kid gets the guidance and coaching he or she needs to bring their imagination to life through programming. Besides allowing us to get to know your kid better, we also encourage the kids in our classes to get to know one another and this is better facilitated in a small group setting.

Hands-On Activity-Based Learning

We believe that kids learn best when they do it themselves in a fun environment. That is why we ensure that each kid is given a laptop to work their own respective projects and try their hand in the programming projects and activities. It is heartening each time we see the kids beaming and being proud of themselves when they get the code to work as they want it to.

Our Teaching Philosophy

This idea that kids will learn anything that they want to, when they are given the freedom to create, inspires and drives our teaching philosophy. In this, we are influenced by the work of Sugata Mitra (Educational Researcher) whose research demonstrates the effect that a child’s innate curiosity and interest have on learning complex subjects outside the normal school environment. At Computhink, we adopt a 3-pronged approach to teaching kids which is guided by these 3 questions by the child: (1) What can I do?; (2) How can I do it?; and (3) What else can I do?

Follow-On Mastery Classes

Like any learning, learning to program is best done through regular practice and with guidance from experts. And this is why we offer the Computhink Code Club classes which provides regular weekly practice while exposing the kids to various programming languages such as intermediate Scratch, HTML, Python and Javascript. Kids will learn how the same basic programming concepts are built upon and applied in other programming languages to do different things such as building websites and creating mobile apps and games. It is through regular and varied practice that promotes mastery and that is what we aim to do at our Computhink Code Club.

What Our Students Say About Us

I created a beacon house and a stairway to heaven. The instructor was crystal clear in his teaching. Muxun, 12

I learnt how to teleport other players to my location. I also made a house easily with Python! Ethan, 13

I liked learning how to build a house through code. Harith, 13

I liked playing with my creations such as beacons, stairs and houses. Zenden, 13

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Learn Python® Programming?
Since the launch of the Smart Nation initiative, our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been calling for children to be exposed to programming from a young age and the most talented and interested ones must be enabled to go far and develop their talent in IT in schools and continue to pursue that at the higher levels and in their careers, whether at a start-up or at a company.

While computing has been a subject at the ‘A’ levels, at the secondary level, computing is often provided as enrichment or offered as a CCA. To answer the call for kids to be exposed earlier, MOE recently announced that programming will be offered as a subject at the ‘O’ Level examinations and the programming language students will learn is Python.

What is Python®?
Python® is one of the most frequently used programming language in the world (top 10 programming language in 2016). Python’s syntax is simple, clear and very closely resembles the English Language which makes it very suitable for young programmers to learn.

Note: “Python” and the Python logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Python Software Foundation, used by Computhink with permission from the Foundation.

What is Python® used for?
Python® has been around for more than 20 years and has many libraries that gives it a lot of functionalities, such as

  • Web and Internet development (e.g. Dropbox, Survey Monkey, Bitly)
  • Scientific and Numeric programming, data analysis and modeling (e.g. in forecasting earthquakes)
  • Desktop applications (e.g. in 3D animation for films)
  • Networking and System Administration (e.g. OpenStack in cloud computing)
  • …and much much more!
Why Learn Python® Programming with Minecraft?
Certainly, we at Computhink believe that offering programming earlier is a step in the right direction. However, learning to program in a purely academic and examination-driven setting can have an adverse effect on the child’s long-term interest in programming.

That is why, we believe learning Python® should be fun, and we have incorporated Python programming with a popular game that we are sure your child knows: Minecraft!

Kids will learn the Python programming language, basic concepts of programming and how to think computationally to solve problems. However, rather than writing code and looking at text output (which can be quite boring!), students will write Python® codes and exercise their creativity to build amazing things at a very fast speed in Minecraft. 

For example, by using a concept called loops (which makes the computer do something again and again), kids can build big structures like a house with a swimming pool, or a high tower surrounded by a flowing lava moat in just a few seconds (or less) with just a few lines of code!

By writing programs in Python®, your child can build amazing things, and learn to re-use the same code again and again to build more things in different Minecraft worlds.

What this course is NOT about…
This class is NOT about letting your child learn and play Minecraft. Some play is involved, but the focus is always on learning to program. 🙂
Is there any prerequisite for this course?
Although this is a class for beginners, it is preferable your kid has some programming background (e.g. in Scratch or other platforms).

In terms of equipment, we will provide a laptop for each kid to work on. However, each kid must have their own Minecraft login and password.