Building Systems

Art and Design




Critical Thinking

Build a system within Minecraft to learn more about how it works.



A system is a group of interrelated elements that form a unified whole. Understanding how systems work is vital skill to understanding the world around us and our place in it. Your challenge this month is to illustrate a system within Minecraft. This could be a natural system such as the water cycle, photosynthesis, or circulatory system, or a human-made system such as an electrical circuit, an optical camera, or even a political process.



  • If applicable, track energy transfer within a system and define if it is open or closed.
  • For an easier activity, make a simple cause and effect machine.
  • For a bigger challenge, try to create a Rube Goldberg style machine.
  • Share your work with the community using the hashtags #MinecraftEdu and #BuildChallenge.