Home / Grade: 8 – 12 (Age 14 – 18) OLD


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.
  • Learn It 2 – This is an additional learning activity that provides additional depth and detail to one or more of the topics studied in the Learn It 1 assignment.  This activity should take 30 minutes to complete.
  • Critical Thinking Essay – This is an optional typed response that challenges your student to apply the learning from the week in a creative way. This activity should take 30 to 60 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.


Prices are based on enrolling in one 6-week course.  We suggest that students in this age group take a maximum of 4 courses per session.

Cost per Course:                           $15
Optional Minecraft 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.

7wondersThe History of Math Series

Join us on an adventure through some of the most famous mathematical discoveries of history.  On the first adventure in this series, you will immerse yourself in the Empires of the Caesars and find out what math had to do with some of the most amazing engineering and architectural wonders of the day.  In the world of Minecraft, you will test your math skills as you build with arches, domes,  and perfect proportions.  Your building skills will be catapulted to the next level!
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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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spaceAstronomy Series

Even though humans have studied the heavens for thousands of years, we still know very little about the universe.  As we continue to explore, we learn more about the stars, planets, and galaxies.  Some of the things we find out are amazing, and others are confusing.  In this course we will brush up against topics in both categories.  Join us for what promises to be an “out of this world” series.
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chemistryIntermediate Chemistry

In this introductory chemistry course, we will discover the amazing and exciting science of stuff. You will journey through the darkest reaches of space and the very veins in your body to discover all of the combinations of the elusive proton, neutron, and electron.  Join us on this epic adventure into “stuff”! You can start in any session!
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forcepushIntermediate Physics

Are you ready for an adventure into the basic concepts of physics?  Join us as push the limits of Minecraft with our experiments. Will we discover that our blocky world can hold up to the tests of gravity, force, and momentum? Will our simple redstone machines work and follow Newton’s laws? This is the first course in a year long adventure into Physics that will prepare you for the upcoming Advanced Physics course offerings.
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communityAdvanced Biology

Do you already have an understanding of the basic concepts of biology? Are you ready to begin the most revolutionary biology course in history? Come and learn about transport and respiration with us.  What about photosynthesis, heredity, and what it all has to do with a madman named Gilbert Lewis? It’s all contained within. Join us and be prepared to be amazed!
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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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bostonU.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 the Underground Railroad.
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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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