Building Virtual Worlds at Cyberview’s Minecraft Game Design Bootcamp
Cyberjaya celebrates the return of its Minecraft Education programmes in collaboration with its Tech Partner, Terato Tech.
- Cyberview’s Minecraft Game Design bootcamp returns as a continuation programme in Minecraft Education in collaboration with Terato Tech
- 24 children between the age of 8 to 15 participated in 3 day camp aimed at nurturing an interest in technology and science with the young
Ask any young Malaysian today what they would like to be when they grow up and the answer may surprise you. Instead of just being doctors, teachers, pilots, police officers or businesspersons, our children have so many more choice professions to pick from today – thanks to a rapidly evolving world transformed in part by technology and the Internet.
And with the return of the highly anticipated Minecraft Game Design Bootcamp, children from as young as 10 will be adequately equipped to add ‘programmer’ onto their list of things to achieve when they grow up. Organised once more in collaboration with Terato Tech just last week, this is a continuation programme of the junior developer programme and one of various activities held by Cyberview Sdn Bhd under its Living Lab Talent initiative.
“Cyberview has certainly come a very long way in its 19 year journey of growth and transformation. As a global tech hub enabler, we have been the driving force behind Cyberjaya’s development into Malaysia’s premier capital of creation and we are very pleased to once again conduct this exciting event in collaboration with Terato Tech, our Tech Partner since 2013”, said Mahadhir Aziz, Head of Tech Hub Development of Cyberview. “By connecting kids to peers and mentors, activities like the Minecraft Game Design 2016 gives our children the freedom to explore, experiment and test the limits of their imagination in a safe, controlled environment. The camp focuses on building Minecraft with more advanced elements using Redstone components. Think of Redstone in terms of electrical devices with components like switches, levers and powered devices. One can eventually build anything in a virtual world from the blocks with their creativity and imagination. We definitely hope to see more of such programmes that can help cultivate and nurture the younger generation’s interest in science and technology being held here in Cyberjaya.”
Originally launched in 2011 and later acquired by Microsoft in 2014, Minecraft has vastly expanded beyond its initial incarnation as a sandbox-style, world building video game into an incredibly powerful, educational tool that promotes in-game coding and game design.
“Minecraft is more than a great game – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community in a social, virtual environment that can teach skills including collaboration, navigation, problem solving, programming and social skills,” said Reza Razali, CEO of Terato Tech rep. “Here at Terato Tech, we are very passionate about equipping little bright thinkers with the knowledge and experience to step into the technology driven world, and change it for the better with their brilliant ideas. Coding concepts and computational thinking are going to be relevant in pretty much every field and the Minecraft Game Design Bootcamp is an excellent platform to get the younger generation conversant in the language.”
The Minecraft Game Design is one of Cyberview’s many young learners’ innovation programmes. Past activities organised targeting the younger generation include their LEGO Robotics Programme, Open Bot Community Thematic Challenges and Science & Technology Themed school holiday camps such as SoccerBot Challenge and Robo Race.
Cyberview has been at the forefront of Malaysia’s development as a technological hub since its inception in 1997. Starting out as the developer of Cyberjaya, it has grown from strength to strength, until maturing into its current role as the enabler of global tech hubs. Learn more at www.cyberview.com.my.