• Tech Academy Camps

    Tech Academy (formerly Computer Explorers) of Minnesota provides research-proven technology and summer STEM day camps for kids and teens ages 4-15. We believe learning should be fun, innovative, challenging, and hands-on. We host over 300 camps annually throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. We offer 30 different classes/camps in Minecraft, Video Game Design, Programming, Engineering, Robotics, Computers, and Film Making.


Available courses

Virtual: 3D Printing & CAD | December 2022

This 3D printing camp takes students through the 3D printing process from start to finish. Students will design 3D objects using TinkerCAD (an online web app), and use the 3D slicing program Cura to bring their creations to life. This course serves as an excellent introduction to 3D printing and is ideal for students who like to draw, design, imagine and see their creations come to life.

Grades: 2nd - 6th

October 8th and October 15th

Virtual: Advanced Minecraft Command Block

Get ready to wire up your Minecraft worlds with command blocks and Redstone! Even if you're a seasoned Minecraft pro, there's plenty for you to learn. Minecraft's command block is a pseudo-programming language that consists of logic and execution written in text. Redstone offers Minecraft players a whole new range of opportunities to create amazing things, from basic traps to powered machines. You’ll learn to spawn creatures, teleport all over your world, and make multiplayer games. We will be using the PC/Java edition of Minecraft. Bring a USB drive to save your games on the last day.

Virtual: Escape the Ender Dragon Escape Room Adventure Map

Unleash your creativity as you work collaboratively! Create a world with others in multiple unique, themed Escape Room Adventure Map. Our mission is to race through the end and escape the Ender Dragon. Students will get a copy of the world to continue development at home.

Virtual: Game Coding Nintendo

Learn the fundamentals of coding with Scratch by creating a Nintendo-themed game. Inspire your student to pursue today’s most exciting technologies. Scratch uses colorful, visual blocks that fit together like legos.

Virtual: Game Coding Super Mario

In this class, we introduce students’ programming concepts using Scratch. Scratch is a drag-and-drop creative coding platform developed by MIT. Students will be instructed to make a Mario Kart-style game. Then pick custom characters and tracks to customize their games.

Virtual: Intro to Java Coding

Students will be introduced to object-oriented programming and elements of the Java language while learning to code their text-based RPG (roleplaying game). No programming experience is necessary, but familiarity with everyday tasks using a computer operating system (text-editing and understanding directory structures) and keyboarding is required. Bring a USB drive to save your games on the last day.

Virtual: Minecraft Battle the Ender Dragon

Get ready to face the biggest challenge in Minecraft, defeating The Ender Dragon. Work collaboratively with students to brainstorm and develop strategies to defeat this enemy. Learn techniques to create tools, prep equipment, gather resources, brew potions, use enchantments, and craft armor to use in battle.

Virtual: Minecraft Coding: Ride the Ender Dragon

No prior coding experience is necessary. Minecraft playing experience would be helpful. We will write code to summon the ender dragon, learn to use Redstone, and command blocks to make automated machines in Minecraft: Java Edition. Basic computer skills are needed (this includes good keyboard and mouse skills).

Virtual: Video Production for YouTube

Learn how to create YouTube content! Shoot videos, edit sound, and create an online presence with YouTube. In the first half of camp, learn the tricks that pro filmmakers use for better shots, lighting, and sounds, and learn to use our film editing software in a class project. Then in the second half of camp, students will work on a group unboxing or product review video. Edit your video, add transitions and special effects, and insert a soundtrack.   Then share your finished video with the world. Bring a USB drive (at least 8GB) to save your video on the last day.

Virtual: Video Production for YouTube Gaming

YouTube is the top destination for online videos. Learn how to create a YouTube Let’s Play Video, capturing and doing a voice-over of a PC gaming session! In the first half of camp, learn tricks that pro filmmakers use for better shots, capture gameplay, add sound effects, and learn to use our film editing software in a class project. Then in the second half of camp, students create their short video. Choose from capturing a Minecraft, Lego Racer, Minesweeper, or Solitaire session.  Edit your video, add transitions, and insert a soundtrack. Then share your finished video with the world. Bring a USB drive (at least 8GB) to save your games on the last day.


Virtual: Video Production for YouTube: Podcasting

Learn how to produce a YouTube - Learn the ins and out of producing your own podcast. Explore ideas, make a script map, and more. We will also go over refining your audio using Audacity. Edit your video, add transitions, and insert a soundtrack. Then share your finished video with the world.

Virtual: Web Design

Learn to create web pages! Students will learn how to create an HTML web page, learn various HTML tags, and experiment with design, javascript, and CSS.