ShareThis Page

Popular video game spawns Cranberry summer camp

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Children ages 8 to 12 will have the chance to explore their creative talents in a virtual world with the upcoming Adventures in Minecraft camp.

The program will be held Monday through Friday, July 29 to Aug. 2, with five afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Campers will join other Minecraft fans for multiple problem-solving activities, and participate in a group project. Dell laptops will be provided for the students' use by Hi-Tech Learning, the company running the program. At the end of the camp, participants will receive instructions about how to access their programs from home.

Cranberry Township Director of Programs Jason Mentel said the class is high quality, with excellent instructors.

Minecraft is a game that has exploded in popularity. It dates to 2009, although a full version with some tweaks and updates was released in 2011 and it became an instant hit. Players use virtual blocks to build their own structures. They can choose to play Survival Mode, in which their creations protect them from nocturnal creatures, or Creative Mode, without the threat of monsters.

Players also can use the Minecraft server to play together in the same world, and interact with each other in the game.

The downloadable game has sold more than 11 million copies.

Shawn Walk, co-owner of Hi-Tech Learning and instructor for Adventures in Minecraft, said the company's main goal is “to get kids ready for today's world and be successful in today's careers.”

He said Minecraft is a fun way for children to learn 21st century skills, because the game incorporates collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving.

The Adventures in Minecraft camp is Hi-Tech Learning's most popular program. “It's kind of limitless what you can accomplish,” Walk said.

The camp costs $171, or $156 for Cranberry residents with Resident Discount Identification Cards. Registration is accepted in person, online, or by phone at 724-776-4806.

Abbie Minard is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.