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Prerequisites Student should be able to read complex chapter books and have a solid understanding of computer Minecraft. The $26.95 computer Minecraft.net game is required prior to enrolling in a course. NOTE: If you have a Windows 10 computer, please be sure to buy the Computer Version, not the Windows 10 Version of Minecraft. 

Time Spent:  Your student will spend approximately 4 hours per week on their assigned work and Minecraft gameplay.

2017-18 Session Calendar

The first week of each session is set aside for orientation. During this time, new students will be taught how to use the program and will complete several exciting projects to test their new skills. The remaining portion of the course will provide several activities and learning experiences each week to complete on your own timeline.

Session 1:    9/11 – 10/27
Session 2:    10/30 – 12/15
Session 3:    1/8 – 2/23
Session 4:    2/25 – 4/13
Session 5:    4/16 – 6/1

Program Overview

Each self-paced course includes the following:

  • “Getting Started” week that includes an orientation lesson and practice Minecraft assignment
  • six academic units designed to be completed at a rate of one per week
  • two or more live events per week (optional)
  • access to our Minecraft server with weekly Minecraft builds that solidify your learning
  • 24/7 phone support and in-game staff and moderators

Each week your student will have from Monday to Friday night to complete 4 assignments:

  • Learn It – This is a learning activity that is made up of a combination of reading and videos.  In many of the classes, an optional hands-on activity is also included in this section.  This activity should take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
  • Quiz – The quiz is multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, and matching.  There are 10 to 20 questions. The system will grade your quiz on submission.  This activity should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • Project in Minecraft – This project is designed for completion on our Multiplayer Minecraft server. Projects vary from builds to adventures to experiments, depending on the topic of study.  This activity should take 1 to 2 hours to complete.
  • Redstone Project – This is an optional Minecraft assignment.  A redstone tutorial will be provided for a machine that compliments the Minecraft project each week.  This activity should take 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

Cost

Prices are based on enrolling in one 6-week course.  We suggest that students in this age group take a maximum of 3 courses per session.

Cost per Ungraded Course:        $15
Optional Grading:…                   ..        add $5
Optional Grade Portfolio:….….        ..add $5 (View Sample Portfolio)

Pick From These Great Series of Courses

Our courses are arranged into series. Each series will have 4 to 6 courses and the series is designed to take a full academic year. You are welcome to start at the beginning of a series or pick and choose the individual courses that are appropriate for your student.

math

5th Grade Math Series

Each week your student will learn one or more new concepts and then practice what they have learned in Splash Math.  This is a full program that you purchase in 6 week increments.  You may start in any session, but must start with course 1 in the series.  Once the math concepts are mastered, your student will apply what they have learned in the Minecraft world.  PLEASE NOTE that you must have an iPad and will need to purchase the Splash Math App from the App Store for an additional $9.95.
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redstone

Redstone Designers Series

What is redstone?  How can it be used? What does it have to do with math, engineering, and the real world? This series will start with learning the basic redstone components and will move up to some really exciting redstone machines that will amaze your friends! Once you have mastered the basics, you can move on to the next level and begin designing your own redstone contraptions. Beyond that, begin to learn Binary Math, the language of computers, and put it to work for you.
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spaceEarth & Space Series

What makes up the surface of our planet? How many people are there in the world? You’ve got the Geosphere, the Biosphere, the Hydrosphere, and the Atmosphere… It sounds like the beginning of a children’s song, but what are these “spheres” really, and how do they affect Earth’s weather and climate? Answer all of those questions and then you will be ready to head to Mars before flying straight into this sun. This exciting series will give you an amazing appreciation of our planet and the solar system that surrounds it.
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tsunamis

Science Sampler Series

Start this series off with some amazingly powerful forces of nature that repeatedly threaten humans across the globe.  Then roll up your sleeves and grab a few things from the kitchen as you check out chemistry.  Some explosions may be involved! Did you know that scientists use a process called the scientific method? We will train you how to be a scientist in this series too. The history of science is filled with spectacular discoveries and even more amazing scientists!  You will meet 5 of these amazing personalities and study the ways in which they changed our world. Finally, meet gravity both in your living room and in Minecraft in this experiment laden look at physical science.
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Life Science Series

Vertebrates and invertebrates, reptiles and plants, insects that buzz in your ear; the world is full of an amazing diversity of life. Join us as we celebrate this diversity in the beginning of this series. Next, things will get creepy and crawly as you grab your magnifying glass and investigate the world of insects. Once the bugs have been discovered, you will find out that there is a science to boogers and you are going to find out what it is.  If that doesn’t gross you out, then you are welcome to continue on to the eyes, ears, and your very own blood for a fascinating look inside the human body.
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Our World Science Series

What do you know of creatures as big as your house? In this series you will kick off your exploration with a look back to the age of dinosaurs. Next, you will be challenged to create fantastic inventions that illustrate the concepts of  gravity, acceleration, energy sources, and electricity using only common household items. After that you will find out that experimentation is fun, but when you are a scientist you also need to worry about precision, accuracy, and documentation. Finally, we will contemplate the idea that the world of energy is under constant study as scientists look for better ways to power our world.
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Science Tour Lite Series

In this series we will explore a variety of different science topics from camouflage, to crystals, to kinetic energy and beyond!  This is the perfect companion series for the beginning Minecrafter.  With a weekly lesson and build challenge, it’s the perfect introductory course for your science lover!
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paxromeGeography Concepts Series

Maps can be exciting to read and follow.  In this series you will begin by travelling by map around the world as you study longitude, latitude, hemispheres, and landforms. Next, you will adventure through our continents, discovering resources before stopping at the poles and researching the amazing history of the solstice and equinox.  In addition, you will find out how geological times have brought dramatic changes that will entrance you to study. Finally, end the course with five fantastical natural wonders and five of the most amazing monuments known to man.
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economicsGovernment & Economics Series 

What is government? What gives the people of the United States of America their “unalienable right”? What gives government its power? Who has the right to vote? Using the United States of America and other countries around the world as examples, you will discover the answers to all of these questions in the first three courses in this series. Next, you will look at  the world of economics and discover amazing ideas that will help you spend your allowance wisely.  Learn how to run cost versus benefit analysis, plan a budget, and chart and graph your money.
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castleAncient History Series

Begin with a look at the amazing works of architecture known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next, visit the culture of the Middle Ages and find out why it was so often described as barbaric.  As time turns forward you will explore the differences between modern myth and historical fact of the Viking Age. A continent jump will then take you to the Ancient Maya, a culture shrouded in some of the deepest mysteries known to archeologists.  The grand finale will land you in the middle of the Pax Romana, or Roman Peace where you will find out that the idea of peace had very little to do with the realities of the time.
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wordcraftWorld Traveler Series 

Are you ready for an epic journey to every continent in the world? Which continent could have the title of “Most Important”? Which produces the largest portion of the world’s oxygen supply? Where is the Sahara Desert? You will answer these questions and discover even more amazing facts about each continent. As you study the geography, history, economics, culture, and famous persons of each continent you will earn the title of World Traveler.
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boston

U.S. History Series 

As the Age of Exploration dawned in Europe, Europeans began to arrive in the Americas.  They quickly developed colonial ambitions for both North and South America. As time went on, major events such as the Boston Tea Party, First Continental Congress, and Revolutionary Ride began to shape the path that ultimately lead to the formation of the United States of America. In this course you will join us on an adventure through the early history of the Americas, concluding with World War II.
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imaginationCreative Writing Series 

Are you ready to spend a year creating your own restaurant chain, performing arts theater, Minecraft adventure map, and amazing fantasy world? Then the Creative Writing Series is the perfect outlet for your imagination and creativity. Join us as we build our language arts skills and put our word-crafting to the test in this fast paces writing series.
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History Tour Lite Series

In this series we will explore a variety of different history topics from mummies, to chocolate, to pirates, and beyond!  This is the perfect companion series for the beginning Minecrafter.  With a weekly lesson and build challenge, it’s the perfect introductory course for an amazing ancient history adventure!
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If you need help choosing a course or to register over the phone, please call 828.649.8334.

 

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