VisionTech Education Introduces Kids to Programming Using Minecraft

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VisionTech announces new summer technology camp locations at Saratoga, Burlingame, and Palo Alto. VisionTech is a Danville based company that provides technology after school and summer camps to kids ages 7-17 in many San Francisco Bay Area locations.

VisionTech is an education provider that combines modern tools, resources, and multimedia in order to teach kids technology education.

Teaching programming to kids used to involve lectures about difficult programming concepts such as conditional structures, variables, and classes. Now, a San Francisco Bay Area company is using a new strategy to teach programming to kids as young as ten.

A Bay Area summer camp provider, VisionTech Education, has just announced three new locations in California – Palo Alto, Saratoga, and Burlingame, in addition to their flagship center at Danville. VisionTech’s mission is to create a positive impact on technology education for kids. In 2013, VisionTech decided to harness the popularity of Minecraft to teach kids Java programming. Using Minecraft, VisionTech attracts significant new interest by kids to programming-based courses – many of whom have never touched a programming language before in their lives, but are inspired to do so in order to unlock the full potential of their favorite game.

Minecraft is a very popular game among kids where players use blocks to build complicated structures, buildings, hideouts, and more. Using Java, the game of Minecraft can be heavily customized to create special blocks, creatures, vehicles, automated machines, and many other modifications. While kids are learning to modify, or "mod" Minecraft, they learn about Java topics such as classes, conditional structures, variables, inheritance, and methods – without even realizing it.

Improving technology education is one of the most pressing issues of our time. A government report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the job outlook for software developers is projected to rise 22% over the next 10 years, much faster than the general job market. Who knows -- a summer spent learning programming might just lead to the next Facebook or Google.

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