Kids who have never experienced the online gaming platform Minecraft can apply for a free summer camp called Minecraft 101. The camp, which will be held at Montana State University, is for youth who will enter grades 4 through 7 this fall.

Minecraft is known as a fun and interactive platform that increases creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will be led through hands-on design challenges that allow them to practice spatial skills while they craft their own online worlds and explore science, technology, engineering and math.

Minecraft 101 is free for accepted applicants. However, no travel funds or overnight lodging is provided. The camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two consecutive days.

Two identical sessions will be offered on Aug. 14-15 and Aug. 16-17. Students can indicate which session is better, but instructors cannot guarantee placement in a specific session.

The camp is hosted by the MSU departments of education, electrical and computer engineering, and physics; and the Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC), with funding from the National Science Foundation. To download an application, visit MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at The deadline to apply is Friday, May 11.

For more information, contact Nicole Soll with MSU Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning at or 406-994-6550.

Free beginner Minecraft camp held at MSU