What is Code Kingdoms?
Designed by Computer Science teachers, they link coding and Minecraft to the curriculum, ensuring your child learns at every step of designing their mod. All you need is a computer with Minecraft installed and a Minecraft account. The editor, server, mod project tutorials and community are all cloud-based and accessed via web browser (they recommend Google Chrome). You don’t need to download or install anything else.
Their goal is to help prepare the next generation for a digital future by making computing more accessible and engaging (especially for girls who are very underrepresented in tech and under encouraged to become interested)
Why is computing important?
What Is Coding
As part of the new computing curriculum, coding will be taught in primary and secondary schools across England to children between the ages of five and 15.
A new study from Ocado Technology has revealed that two-thirds of parents with primary school children are oblivious to the new computing curriculum.
Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.
Computers are not clever things, however, they are very obedient. They will do exactly what you want them to do, so long as you tell them how to do it correctly.
Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically a family of foreign languages.
Over the next 10 years, it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them.
Java is a programming language used by professional developers in everything from games (like Minecraft itself!) to financial software to Android apps. It’s also taught in university computer science courses around the world.
By learning a real programming language like Java, coders are learning skills directly applicable to industry. Skills they can take with them far beyond Minecraft. Java will also teach them all the fundamentals of computational thinking. Once they’ve understood the principles behind programming, it’s much easier to continue on to other programming languages.
Testing Code Kingdoms the Online learning platform
My son is a huge Minecraft fan and was very happy to have the chance to Learn how to code using Minecraft.
He was very excited to learn coding as it will enable him to build games within the game and he can share his achievements with his friends and he also found it very easy as the Minecraft server was already set up so no hassle there!
He liked how he could learn through interactive videos designed by teachers. showing you exactly how to create your own game modes and create amazing mods quickly.
I like the idea the support is staffed every day of the week by professional Computer Scientists and teachers.
Overall, we were very impressed with this and would definitely recommend this for your children aged 8+ as it will help them not only when gaming on Minecraft but also in Computer Science at school too!
It supports the main version of Minecraft, available on PCs & Macs, (both desktops & laptops will work). This is the version of Minecraft that has support for servers and can be modded. It does not support coding on Pocket Edition, PlayStation or Xbox versions of Minecraft.
You can add them to the ‘whitelist’ which is a list of players allowed on your server. You need to add them in the code editor by clicking on the server icon and adding their Minecraft username to the whitelist.
- 11 Slot Server with Available Whitelist
- The Server will use all mods created on a specific world
- Intuitive Modding System – Similar to Scratch
- Detailed Tutorials to get started
- More Tutorials on the way
- £16.66 per Month for a 3-month plan
- £9.99 a Month for a 6-month plan
- £49.99 For 3 £59.99 For 6 £99.99 For 12 (Full amount)
- Can gift Membership Accounts
- Pre-made modded worlds
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
- No Installations
- Helpful for Computer Science and ICT Courses
- Suitable for ages 8+