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Minecraft Winter Programming

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10 week half-day program (Saturday or Sunday)
January 16/17, 2021 - March 27/28, 2021
Orientation: January 9/10, 2021

We are pleased to announce that in partnership with the University of Toronto eSports we are continuing to deliver our Saturday/Sunday half-day online Minecraft program for Winter 2021.

Daniels Minecraft program uses your participant’s love of Minecraft to explore the fundamentals of design and architecture, while building teamwork and communication skills. The Daniels Minecraft Winter programming will be streamed into two levels, Level 1: Architecture and Building & Level 2: World Building & Game Design.  

Both levels allow participants to be online alongside mentors working on activities that are collaborative, creative, and conducive to building problem-solving skills. Participants will develop the fundamentals of visual thinking, urban planning, gaming and environmental planning while creating their own levels, worlds, games and elaborate environments in Minecraft.  Participants will play some classic Minecraft games liked bed wars, hunger games and spleef to learn about the gamification of the biomes with their teams. We will have 5 participants with 1 leader.

Level 1: Architecture and Building 
- The program will focus on the foundations of Architecture, interior design and landscape design. We explore a multitude of architecture styles throughout history from Medieval, Greco-Roman, Ancient Egypt, Islamic, Asian and eventually Modern architecture.
- Participants will learn the fundamentals of building in Minecraft and utilize those skills to build elaborate structures and cities. 
- This program runs Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Every Saturday or Sunday, participants will have 3 hours of instructed teaching. 
- Participants will also be allowed access to our server 1 night a week for 3 hours to work on their builds with their leaders.

Level 2: World Building & Game Design
- Level 2 is geared towards advanced Minecraft users, who have already complete level 1, and/or are very familiar with the Minecraft server. This programme will use the fundamentals of building developed in Level 1 to focus on large scale world building and game design. Participants will learn redstoning and employ narrative to develop interactive worlds and games. 
- This program runs Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m
- Every Saturday or Sunday, participants will have 3 hours of instructed teaching.
- Participants will also be allowed access to our server 1 night a week for 3 hours to work on their builds with their leaders.

This Winter program is designed for all participants aged 8 to 14 (grades 3 to 8) who are interested in design, technology, art, science, and engineering. Ages will be grouped (8-10 and 11-14).

Minecraft is not only a game but a powerful design tool. This program fosters design skills and collaboration with group work through both Minecraft and other digital platforms.

This program will be delivered online through a variety of platforms including: Minecraft and zoom.

To participate in our Minecraft Programming, you will need Zoom and the Minecraft Java Edition to access our Minecraft server. 

We will be using Zoom as our main platform. The platform allows us to be all together and work in our smaller groups of 5 participants. It is important for every participant to have access to a computer with relatively stable internet, and a microphone. Though a webcam is not strictly necessary, it will help to keep everyone engaged and see eachother.

To participate in our program you will need the Java Edition of Minecraft. Other versions are not compatible with our server.

Minecraft Server
We will be running our camp on U of T E-sports Minecraft server. 

Fees and Registration
$440 for 10 week half-day Satuday/Sunday program.  Discounts are available for U of T staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Email for details. Registration is now open!

Dates and Times

Orientation: January 9/10
Week 1: January 16/17
Week 2: January 23/24
Week 3: January 30/31
Week 4: February 6/7
Family Day - No session
Week 5: February 20/21
Week 6: February 27/28
Week 7: March 6/7
Week 8: March 13/14
Week 9: March 20/21
Week 10: March 27/28

Sample Day
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Icebreaker Activity - Presentation 1: Minecraft Fundamentals
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Assignment 1 Tutorial: Individual Build 
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Show and Tell
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.  | Fort Building Activity

Students will have some live instruction and some time to work individually and in teams. Mentors will be monitoring and supporting students during their individual and team work.


University of Toronto eSports is a collaboration of gaming clubs on campus. They aim to be an organization where all types of gamers can tune in to whats going on with eSports on campus.

Paolo De Guzman is a third-year neuroscience and physiology student at UofT. His interests lie in fully understanding the etiology of Parkinson's Disease. He is also a spirited gamer; as head of the UofT eSport's Minecraft division, he runs a large community of UofT Minecrafters. He and his talented team are working to develop an amazing space for the Daniels Minecraft Camp and hopes to share his passion for Minecraft with its participants.  


  As a third-year microbiology student at the University of Toronto, Hyun Been (Beeny) Park serves as vice president of University of Toronto Minecraft. Largely interested in the interactions between humans and microbes, he spends his free time playing video games or reading. Although his Minecraft gameplay leaves a lot to be desired, he can often be found tinkering with plugins and troubleshooting technical errors and other issues on the UTMC server.


  Vivian Xie is a third-year student studying cell biology at the Faculty of Arts and Science. Having previously worked with children in volunteer positions as a secondary student, she is excited to be doing so once again. Aside from microbiology, her interests include digital and traditional art, creative literature, table tennis, and, of course, the hit 2009 sandbox block game known as Minecraft. Vivian hopes to work with her fellow team members to make this summer an enjoyable, fun, and educational experience for children and teens.


  Sean is a fourth-year computer science specialist, with a minor in statistics. In his free time, his gaming interests revolve around Minecraft and Tetris. His experience in Minecraft includes various techniques in model voxelization, build designs, server administration, redstone, and terraforming. Occasionally he enjoys playing some survival and socializing with other fellow Minecrafters. He looks forward to bringing value to the Daniels Minecraft Summer Camp project with his game knowledge.


  Jason Zhang is a first-year student at the University of Toronto, currently praying that his grades will be good enough for him to make it into one of his programs of choice. He is an epic gamer who often plays rhythm games and spends abnormal amounts of time on the U of T Minecraft server. As a commuter student, he is very grateful to the University of Toronto Minecraft community for providing him with the opportunity to meet many people who share the same interests as him. He also likes bubble tea.


  Francesca Ho is a second-year math student with a great love for computer science and gaming. She is one of the many builders on the Daniels Minecraft Camp team. Since buying Minecraft in 2011, she has spent countless hours playing the game and slowly perfecting her building skills. She hopes campers can get lost in the imaginative sandbox of Minecraft, as she once did when she was younger.


  Sarah Grubb is a third-year student studying commerce at Rotman. She specializes in international business, and she hopes to help the victims of human trafficking, as well as the residents of orphanages in third-world countries. She loves working with the visual and graphic arts, and is so excited to be able to share her creations.


  Katarina Bursac is a UTM biology student going into third year. She enjoys playing video games and undertaking creative projects outside of her studies. She is a strong believer in balancing academics with artistic hobbies that nourish one's creativity, which she does by developing her musical skills or using tools such as Minecraft to create replicas of real-life structures and architectural styles.



Nene Brode is the Daniels Faculty's Manager, External Relations and Outreach. She rejoined the dean's office in September 2018. In 2016, she founded the V4Lab, a summer youth STEAM program. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab at Ryerson University, to showcasing the work of V4Lab participants at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator, fostering community engagement. Read More



Aidan Cowling is a Toronto-based artist and educator.  He holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Guelph and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies and Art History. He has taught art and new media at various levels and and was nominated by his students for a teaching excellence award in 2018.  His current research combines archival footage with new technologies and he is actively involved in the Daniels community. He is excited to bring his experiences working with youth and new media to the online minecraft camp. 


Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about this program, please contact:
Nene Brode
Manager, External Relations and Outreach