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Geek deals: Teach kids to code through Minecraft with YouthDigital’s Mod Design 1 for $149  | Deals | Geek.com

We all know the earlier you begin to learn a new language the easier it is to absorb, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to engage younger students. Mod Design 1 makes it easy, as its been designed by YouthDigital specifically for students aged 8-14. For the next few days, they’ve cut 40% off the price, dropping it down to just $149.

Mod Design 1 uses the ever-popular Minecraft to introduce kids to the fundamentals of coding and design. Students first design the graphics for every mod (short for modification) they want to add to their game, like swords, biomes, creatures or food. Then they edit some time-saving basic Java templates to get their mods in the game, learning core practices like instantiating objects, calling methods, and running loops. When all is said and done, they end up with their very own polished Mod which they can keep and share with friends.

Geek deals: Teach kids to code through Minecraft with YouthDigital’s Mod Design 1 for $149  | Deals | Geek.com

Students will both design and play their own mods

YouthDigital has designed this course to hold the attention of young learners, complete with videos, interactive quizzes, badges and more. They also pride themselves on their “Awesome Support,” which is on call six days a week and never more than a click away. YouthDigital estimates Mod Design 1 contains about thirty hours of coursework, but it’s entirely self-paced, and a full twelve months of access to all lessons, videos, and teacher support is included with your purchase. The student’s own work is theirs to keep forever, of course.

Since 2010 YouthDigital has taught more than 30,000 kids through their summer camps and at their studio, giving them a wealth of knowledge which they use to refine each online course they design. They stand behind the quality of their classes with a thirty day guarantee (up to completion of the 4th module), so you can take a look and be sure you’re happy before you commit. Geared towards young students and with great support and a track record of success, this is a cool way to expose kids to the fundamentals of Java and coding.

This savings is only available until the flash sale ends on 1/25, so be sure and grab it this weekend.

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