Research shows that video games like Minecraft
can improve math, coding, reasoning and other academic skills, and
Minecraft summer camps can cost thousands of dollars. But, such camps
exclude kids who can't afford them.
So, the Connected
Learning Alliance (CLA) is offering a virtual Minecraft camp, for
free, at Pursuitery.com.
starts July 14 and runs throuh Aug. 10, but campers can sign up anytime
during the four-week session.
CLA is a network that brings together organizations, projects,
initiatives and individuals working to leverage today's technology for
more equitable access to learning and opportunity for all young people.
"We are offering this camp for free because we believe in equity in
education," said Tara Tiger Brown, CLA's technical director and
co-founder of LA
Makerspace. "All kids should have equal access to 21st century
skills, such as coding and game development, and playing Minecraft is a
fun way to learn those skills."
Last summer, LA Makerspace ran a successful Minecraft summer camp in
person and the nonprofit organization has partnered this summer with CLA
to offer the virtual camp.
"Minecraft offers incredible learning outcomes, and we know that not all
kids have computers or Internet access to play the game from home or pay
for summer camps, so we are reaching out to libraries and other
organizations to host in-person sessions to give more young people the
opportunity to take part," Brown said.
As community groups and libraries are being sought to host camps in
local places, Pursuitery will continue to host online camps. It
presently is hosting a Coding
with Scratch camp and a Phonar
Nation camp, teaching learners how to code and how to take photos
that tell stories, respectively.
For more information, visit Pursuitery.com.
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