Minecraft Mods are bits of computer code that modify the original behaviour of your child's Minecraft game.
Any Minecraft player with coding skills can essentially re-program the game into anything they can imagine.
Mods can automatically build large and complex structures in an instant, to easily fill a world with castles, rainbows, skyscrapers and dancefloors.
Mods can turn Minecraft into a mini-game like soccer, paintball or treasure hunt. Mini-games can have scores, and can be played with friends
How about a mod that freezes the ground around us when we walk around, just like Elsa in the movie 'Frozen'
You may not realize it yet, but this is absolutely brilliant news for parents like you.
Minecraft modding allows your child to bring his or her big ideas to life in a way that’s fun, collaborative and social.
I’ll illustrate with a simple example, taken from the free introductory class that we run here at CodeMakers.
After writing this code, she can run around in Minecraft throwing snowballs that immediately strike 3 lightning bolts when they land!
In this very simple mod she's used universally applicable coding concepts that are used in the workforce to program anything from a calculator to Facebook to a NASA space craft. They are also part of the new Australian Digital Technologies primary school curriculum.
As well as coding, Minecraft modding incorporates a lot of other skills:
Constructing simple formulas, probability, fractions, geometry, working with 3D co-ordinates in the Minecraft world.
To program a computer, we must give very explicit, clear & logical instructions.
Coding is all about breaking larger ideas and problems down into a series of small tasks to give the computer.
Coding requires experimentation – trying, failing, and trying again until the code works the way we want.
Coding is the ultimate creative tool. Your child can create anything they can imagine - whether its a world full of flying slimes or a skyscraper made out of cake!
Writing code requires focused thinking and attention to detail. Make a mistake and our mod won’t work!
And the best part is, this new fun Minecraft coding 'hobby' is also a valuable skill that employers will pay real money for.
My younger brother taught himself to code when he was 8. By the time he was a teenager he'd already built and sold his first website.
Unfortunately, Minecraft modding can be difficult to learn without 'technical' parents.
For your child to start modding Minecraft, you'll need to setup and run your own server which means installing and configuring various things.
That being said, if your child is...
... then these books might be a great place for them to get started:
This book will teach your child how to mod Minecraft with Java. Requires running your own server.
For non-technical parents & beginner coders, we've made it easier!
I created CodeMakers to teach kids how to bring their brilliantly creative ideas to life using code.
Ok, so you're probably wondering how much this costs...