Beat the kids at their own game

May 11th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

If you like many St Albans’ parents worry about how much time some of the children play on computer games there might be no better way than to join them. Keystone Workshops run a range of educational workshop and one that really stands out is learning about how to play Minecraft and finding out all about an add on that is called Computercraft.
 
Minecraft is a game lots of kids want to play but it can also be an incredibly valuable learning tool, providing a focused preparation for formal qualifications say Keystone.  Children can cover the requirements for coding at Keystage 2 and 3 in a few simple steps using a Minecraft add-on called Computercraft.
 
Graham Bridge leads an introduction to Minecraft workshop to show how to use it in a way that is both fun and educational. Graham Bridge is an Old Verulamian (St. Albans Boys Grammar School until 1975). He cut his (computer) teeth learning Z80 Assembly language in the 1980’s to crack the copy protection on ZX Spectrum cassette-based software to transfer it to 5 ¼ inch floppy disks. He is currently a Stemnet Ambassador and Codeclub volunteer. He successfully runs coding clubs in Sandringham, Wheatfields, St. Columba’s, Crabtree schools and soon Verulam and a community club in 2016. He also tutors private pupils from 8 to 80 years in most computer languages.
 
St Albans is a great place to get out and learn about all sorts of things with or without the kids to find out more about Keystone workshops visit http://www.keystoneworkshops.co.uk/
 
Source: Keystone