Youth Digital Announces New Online Course for Kids to Create Animated Movies

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Teaches Fundamental 3D Animation Skills Using Popular Minecraft Characters

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“It’s never too early to learn 3D animation skills,” added Richards, “and Youth Digital is actively challenging kids to not just play, but create.”

Youth Digital, the leading technology education organization for youth ages 8-14, today announced the launch of 3D Character Animation 1, a stimulating online course that teaches kids how to create animated movies using his or her favorite Minecraft characters.

Today, technology skills are becoming as, if not more, important than the traditional three R’s of education. In fact, a majority of parents have purchased technology education for their kids, according to Youth Digital’s recent study, and government officials have become advocates for STEAM-related education in order to produce the next generation of creators – further emphasizing the need for educational courses like Youth Digital’s 3D Character Animation 1.

Focusing on facial expressions and biped animation, this engaging course will teach kids the necessary 3D animation skills and how to apply these concepts to bring their Minecraft story to life. Through this professional, customized animation tool, young students will have total control over every aspect of the Minecraft animation, including storyline, characters, and cinematography.

Course highlights include the following:

  •     Key 3D Animation Concepts – kids will learn essential 3D animation concepts including keyframe animation, rendering and compositing, camera composition, and more.
  •     Character Animation – from walk cycle development to facial expressions, kids will learn the basics of character anima¬tion.
  •     Professional Software – kids will learn to use professional 3D animation software, Blender.

“3D Character Animation 1 is a unique way for kids to learn fundamental animation skills through a comprehensive learning experience that is remarkably fun, highly interactive, and rewarding,” said Justin Richards, CEO of Youth Digital. “In this course, kids will master skills that they can use to create their own animations – giving kids a productive outlet for their love of Minecraft while simultaneously teaching them the importance of attention to detail, patience and concentration, and solid computer skills.”

With digital animated movies becoming the second most popular type of movie in 2015, 3D Character Animation 1 also lays the foundation for a future career in animation.

“It’s never too early to learn 3D animation skills,” added Richards, “and Youth Digital is actively challenging kids to not just play, but create.”

The 12-month subscription ($249.99) includes: 30 hours of instruction, 1 year course access, support from online teachers, self-paced and project-based curriculum, interactive quizzes and challenges, final project, and instructor assessment.

To learn more about Youth Digital and its unique approach to technology education, please visit

About Youth Digital
Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach kids the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, kids ages 8 to 14 become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to kids globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 60,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Today, students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in Youth Digital's online courses in Java programming, game development, mobile app design, 3D printing, 3D animation, and more.

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