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STEAM Carnival

Date: Saturday, 08 December, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Canning Showgrounds - Corner Albany Highway & Station Street, Cannington WA 6107 Cost: $10.00

Organiser: City of Canning

Cost: $10.00

Get ready to undertake a fantastic journey across time and space, to the edges of the universe, past the limits of human imagination. This is the Australian first STEAM Carnival! Brought to you by the City of Canning and Two Bit Circus.

Conceptualised in Los Angeles and making its way to Canning for an Australian-first, the City of Canning is pleased to be hosting, in partnership with Two Bit Circus, STEAM Carnival.

STEAM Carnival is a social amusement platform for all ages that uses technology infused games and immersive hands-on experiences that leverage people’s passion for music, fashion and games to engage them in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

Two Bit Circus is a non-profit educational organisation designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship and spur community engagement.

Developed in Los Angeles and making their debut appearance in Australia are ten giant tech games engineered by Two Bit Circus and tweaked here in Australia. Think drones, lasers, wacky arcade games and so much more.

Enjoy hours of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) entertainment including: 

  • Inspiring talks from key leaders in their field
  • Hands on workshops designed to test and inspire
  • Exhibits by local business, clubs, universities and schools with STEAM projects
  • Visual storytellers and performers including costumed characters and roving carnival-spirited acts
  • The Lunar Sensation Big Top filled with exciting circus performers and explosive shows from our partners at Scitech!
  • Games and interactive experiences

And of course to keep you fueled all day long, drop by our G'Astronomy Food Village, filled with tasty delights and themed eats!

YES, Mind Buzz will be there! We will have the van there and a bunch of computers set up for anyone who wants to play some Minecraft and have a break. Come and say hi! 

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More Great Testimonials

What Real Parents Are Saying

Best day out for Minecrafters ever! My son loves going to the Mind Buzz camps.

Jacqui Mooy

This camp's way better than I thought it would be. That's why my daughter has been twice!

Kell Rock

It was worth every cent, the kids loved it!!! It's hard to buy fun that's educational like this.

Renee Miller

What the Kids Are Saying

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Christmas Tickets for the Tree

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In case you want to print out a Christmas image to let your lucky child know they are going to Minecraft Camp download or right-click and save an image from below and print it out. I use Officeworks when I want good quality A4 colour prints done.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5023″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][vc_single_image image=”5020″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][vc_single_image image=”5018″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][vc_single_image image=”5014″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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A “normal” Minecraft Camp Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here is an overview of the normal “Minecraft Camp” day. The morning consists of a tutorial session, to make sure everyone has a strong grasp of the basics and we can all enjoy the game together. There is a big focus on teamwork in this time and that sets the groups up for a great day ahead.

After a mid-morning break, we then move onto an Economy Survival world, where the goal is to build a village together. This session combines real-world concepts into the game world. Lessons are peppered throughout this session, starting off with privacy and protecting your hard earned gear, as well as cyber safety. We discuss what makes a successful community, and teamwork and cohesion is a strong focus here. Once the village is thriving, we introduce the marketplace. Here we discuss basic buying and selling, demand and supply and other economic concepts. Being able to reflect these concepts in an engaging manner really gives weight to the potential this game has in teaching real world concepts!

The post lunch session is in a creative world, where we do a build challenge. The afternoon is about self-expression and building something cool to show everyone else. I like to think of the morning as the ‘smart’ part and the afternoon as the ‘creative’.

Finally after a short afternoon break we have some free time, and a final debrief. Kids can show their parents what they’ve learnt and built, and then it’s home time. They can access the servers from home too so the learning continues…

What these camps break down to is an engaging educational experience in a fun and stimulating environment, with a strong focus on social learning and collaboration via the awesome digital medium of Minecraft.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4511″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”4508″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”4505″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Perth teacher gets young minds buzzing with video game Minecraft

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]January 10th, 2018, 03:30PM              NEWS

SEAN Firth never expected to be using a video game to teach skills to kids, but these days he does exactly that.

Mr Firth, a teacher and former principal, was introduced to popular sandbox block-building game Minecraft five years ago and said he could not believe the impact it had on kids.

“The game changed the way they behaved with each other,” he said.

“Instantly, I was like ‘wow’.

“I’d never seen a teaching tool with such power, the power to break down barriers, and I’m not even a gamer.

“I’m a professional educator and I see the impact of the game.”

Mr Firth now runs holiday camps across Perth after founding Mind Buzz, where the game is used as a tool to improve collaboration and communications skills and where there is a strong focus on caring for other players.

The days are structured, starting with a tutorial where everyone is brought up to speed in groups of four before progressing to the proper game.

Here players can interact with people who have previously gone to the camps via a server.

After lunch is all about creativity.

“I notice – and the parents notice – at the start of the day it’s quite frenetic,” Mr Firth said.

“By the end of the day the whole group is in a bit of a flow state.

Read the rest on the Melville Times Community Newspaper site:


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Minecraft Hour of Code

Yesterday I sat down with my 4 and a half year old and did the Minecraft hour of code with her. She is a massive fan of Minecraft as a result of coming along to countless Minecraft Camps over the last few ears. She just loves the game and has an amazing grasp for someone so young. So the hour of code activities where a perfect intro to coding for her. She really enjoyed doing it with me and she definitely needed me there to guide her through and explain things. It’s probably a bit advanced for her by a year or so but with a bit of help from me we made it through and had a great time doing it. She jumped straight back onto Minecraft afterwards!

I recommend your kids give it a go and you yourself should check out some of the other hour of code activities and tutorials because they are really well designed and are dead easy. They will help with your understanding of what coding is and we all know that knowledge of coding is going to be a strong influence in our children’s success in the high tech world they are entering.

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Pause the Phones for Family Time

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am a massive fan of Indiegogo so I always read their emails when they come through to see what amazing new things people are creating in the world. The Pause project really caught my eye as its a problem that my family struggles with and it’s only set to get worse as our kids get older. They are learning from me and my wife and frankly, we aren’t always the best role models.

So the idea behind pause is that you put your phones inside a signal proof container while you are at the dinner table or any other important distraction free event such as a meeting. The phones cannot receive any phone or wifi reception in the container so no addictive notifications are going off distracting you from the task at hand which is bonding with your family, friends or acquaintances.

So check it out. Social change projects like this are always worth getting behind.–3#/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Whats a Smart Creative?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Smart creatives are people with an entrepreneurial mindset who meet the needs of others by creating things. In the world there are two types of people, creators and consumers. Creators make the money, consumers spend the money! We want our kids to be creators and the best way to do that is by starting them young in simulated environments. We use Minecraft in our camps and on our safe, moderated server to simulate the real world.

We seek out natural leaders in each Minecraft Workshop and explicitly instruct them how to help and lead the beginner players. This teaches them how to be leaders and gives them a tremendous sense of contribution and boosts self esteem. From there they can progress through various levels of leadership gaining more skills and confidence as they go. If you have ever heard them talking about being a moderator or an admin then this is what we are talking about.  We now have kids aspiring to be Minecraft Camp Leaders which is fantastic. It is possible to do something you are passionate about and love all while making a good living.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5062″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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F.REE Minecraft Camp Workbook to take Home

Every Minecraft Camper takes home an awesome workbook packed full of really great content. This book has been revised hundreds of times to make it really relevant and really useful. There are also Youtube videos for every heading in this book on the Mind Buzz Youtube Channel. If you lose the book or want the latest one you can download one from our store or pay to get one posted out to you if you prefer the hardcopy one. They are free for every kid at camp!

At Minecraft Camp we start the day in a tutorial world where we do some crafting recipes from the workbook. We also have Crafting Recipe books that the kids can refer to during the camp and can be bought at the end of the day. The workbooks have a heap of commands that we use in the Economy survival world. We teach kids how to claim land and protect their containers and doors so they cannot get griefed. Griefing is the biggest problem on Minecraft Servers so we would rather just put systems in place to prevent that headache so the the kids can focus on creativity and connecting with each other positively.

After lunch we generally do a creative build in our plots world. this requires another set of commands and these are all in the workbook and on the Youtube videos too.

There are heaps of other cool things in the minecraft camp workbook too such as heaps of colouring in pages, info on ranks, how to get help! and how to get access to the server after the camp.


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5 Tips to Collaboratively Establish Rules for Playing Minecraft

Setting rules and boundaries around Minecraft is important and should be negotiated with your child. Children are much more likely to follow rules that they have been involved in creating. I recommend negotiating agreed rules about the following:

  1. How much time they are allowed to spend playing Minecraft? i.e. we finish playing at 8.30pm on school nights
  2. Some steps they can take if they get frustrated i.e. walk outside, pat the dog, have a drink of water
  3. What they should do if a Youtuber they are listening to is swearing! (I recommend you have a ban list of inappropriate Youtubers)
  4. Where are they allowed to play Minecraft (e.g., offline only, local multiplayer with friends, Xbox, servers)?
  5. How much money are they allowed to spend money on Minecraft? (I recommend that kids not be allowed to spend money on Minecraft if you can avoid it.) On our server we don’t charge for ranks, items or anything at all in the game.

Two months access to the Myndcraft server is included in the Minecraft Camp price and that can be extended either as a reward or gift from us or by purchasing a subscription.

Always state rules in the positive. Avoid the use of NO. Instead be creative and think of how to say the same thing but positively.

Some example rules could be.

  • We finish playing Minecraft before 8.30pm
  • I play and chat only with people I know
  • I never give my full name or any personal details to anyone EVER
  • If a Youtuber swears or is rude I turn it off immediately and do not watch any more of his videos
  • I treat others in the game like I want to be treated

Please let me know if you have some rules that other parents may benefit from in the comments below.