We operate a "bring your own laptop" policy for most courses (laptops are not required for Mini Coders). We encourage each child to bring their own computer to allow them to code independently at camp and afterwards. For those who have selected to borrow a laptop, they will be available for pickup on site with all required software installed.
Please be sure to label your child's laptop, case, and all cables.
IMPORTANT: Please send your child along with their admin password to their laptop, as well as any passwords they may have associated with accounts they will be using, for example Minecraft.
If you are unsure whether your child's laptop is suitable for the course, please contact the office.
Minecraft Modding courses require a higher specification of computer than our other courses. If your child is enrolled on this course, please be aware of the following recommended specifications:
CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
Java 6 Release 45
CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
Latest release of Java 8 from java.com
Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions.
Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed.
You can find out more about laptop specs for Minecraft in our handy blog post here.