Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Mod Design with Minecraft

Project Spotlight


Campers will hack the Minecraft code and dig into their own pixelated reality. They’ll Mod-ify the game to fit their vision, learning the basics of coding in Java as they create blocks, items and creatures of their own design.

BE COURAGEOUS: I freely share my creative thoughts

Daily Breakdown


Campers will practice being courageous by sharing ideas during a brainstorm, especially if they’re wild—like a neon rainforest or radioactive bakery. They’ll begin coding their swords and pickaxes, then create a custom material that can be used to craft their tools.

Ask your camper: What were some of the initial ideas for your mod theme? Which idea did you ultimately decide to use?


Campers will troubleshoot modules to further reinforce good programming practices. They’ll practice being visionary with a free association brainstorm to generate ideas, then draw and program a one-of-a-kind items for their mods (like a flaming banana sword, or a pickaxe made out of candy canes).

Ask your camper: How did you come up with the idea for your mod? Was it helpful to build on the idea of others?


Campers will implement armor, blocks, and ores, setting the stage for creating their own biomes. They’ll practice being collaborative with a gallery walk, offering their peers feedback on post-it notes, and receiving others’ feedback with an open mind. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Help Hotline, where they can become honorary assistant instructors that help their peers troubleshoot.

Ask your camper: How did you help other campers today? Did other campers support you in return?


Campers will practice being determined as they design their own mob today, making sure they stay solution-oriented and committed to learn from their mistakes. With their mob complete, they’ll begin to create an in-game showcase, pushing past simple designs and working to create an environment that’s exciting, informative and connected to their theme.

Ask your camper: What’s unique about your mob? What are you most excited about for your final showcase?


Campers will fine tune their work and have the opportunity to create additional modules. They’ll be reflective and critically think about their own work as they craft concrete, actionable goals for the day. Campers will also reflect on the story of their mod, thinking about how their experiences this week impacted them as innovators and how they can inspire and excite others.

Ask your camper: What are some of your favorite details you included in your final project? Would you change or add anything if you had one more day to work on your project?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences

  • Explore an existing passion—or try something new—at, an online community for kids to challenge their inner Minecrafters and so much more.

  • Tackle’s Hour of Code tutorials, including Minecraft-specific puzzles.

  • Draw inspiration for future Minecraft innovation with a copy of Minecraft for Makers.

  • Bay Area: Find a group of like-minded Minecrafters, like the folks at East Bay Minecraft or Silicon Valley Minecraft to keep the collaboration going.

  • SoCal: Keep the coding and collaboration going by finding a group of like-minded folks at a nearby Coder Dojo.

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA