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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – At Washington University this summer, kids who love the popular computer and video game Minecraft are living the dream. At a week-long camp hosted by iD Tech Camps, the campers are learning how to program and create their very own Minecraft games.

Minecraft allows players to build their own levels using blocks.

Nine-year-old camper John Spivey is particularly proud of the flame-throwing sword he created.

“I came in this camp probably knowing nothing about computer Minecraft and now I know a lot about it. I now know how to program,” he said.

This camp and the other iD Tech Camps held at Washington University gives kids and teens, ages 7 to 18, the opportunity to let their imaginations spill onto the computer screen, and learn where technology is headed.

“You’d be surprised what they come in knowing,” lead instructor Dante Yokley said. “They come in knowing a lot. They’re like, ‘Oh, I know how to do this already, I want to try this.’ So they just get to work.”

At the end of the week, the campers get to keep the games they created, to share with friends, post online and play themselves. iD Tech Camps run until the beginning of August.