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Minecraft and Design Thinking: Construction Project

Constructing structures within a virtual spaces like Minecraft allows students the unique opportunity to continually redesign and adapt as their thoughts progress. The ease with which this is possible means that improvement occurs organically. A recent activity we did in our classroom allows students to explore several aspects of cartography and engineering as well as modelling design using Minecraft. Starting on graph paper, students began planning out their construction site and the structure they wanted to create. Each box represented a block- more specifically a type of block. This prior planning encouraged students to consider the properties of each material before placing them in their project. Concepts of construction that can be rather abstract, such as scale and distance, become highly emphasized in the planning stage. Project Best Practices Over estimate time for activity Stick with having students design on paper before virtual creation Encourage redesign as limitations […]