Bridge Building Challenge

Bridge Building Challenge

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Math & Economics

Science

Technology

Lesson design by Adrian Quirk, Morwell Park Primary School, ably assisted by a “Minecraft Mad” son Archie who turned Dad’s ideas into an awesome world

avatar Submitted By: Victorian Minecraft Innovators

April 27, 2021

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Importing and Exporting Your Worlds

A guide to exporting and importing Minecraft world files

Learn to Play: Using the Book and Quill

A video to demonstrate recording progress.

Supporting Files

Gr5 bridge building challenge.mcworld


Access the 6 bridge building challenges in this file

Learning Objectives

  • 1. To demonstrate understanding of the physical sciences involved in bridge building
  • 2. To address various challenge requirements efficiently and effectively
  • 3. Use recording tools of Minecraft to evidence progress, knowledge and understandings
  • 4. Have fun!

Guiding Ideas

  • What are the many different purposes of bridges?
  • What materials can bridges be made from?
  • Are some bridge designs stronger than others?
  • Are the aesthetics of bridges important or is it more about functionality?
  • How are Minecraft bridges similar and different to those in the ‘real world’?
  • Are different types of bridges more suited to traversing different types of terrain?

Student Activities

In the Minecraft world the children will work their way through a series of bridge build challenges with levels of increasing difficulty. Along the way there are things to discover and prizes to find.

This lesson was the Minecraft component of a science/physics unit on bridge building during which different types of bridges were explored and constructed with material such as straws, newspaper, LEGO etc, having their strength and durability tested. The Minecraft challenges allow the students to demonstrate their understandings of the science/physics both in the world build, listening to peer conversations and through the teacher questioning students while building.

Students can also evidence their learning and progress using tools in Minecraft. They can capture build images for each completed challenge (using the camera in the inventory) to create a portfolio of images. These images can then readily be captioned and included in a Minecraft book with either reflection and/or explanations of the physical sciences demonstrated in each build and any challenges they faced. These can then be exported to a classroom collection area or student class portfolio.

Challenge 1

  • Find your way out of the room and go to the first sign that details your first bridge build

Challenge 2

  • Build a bridge across the water to get to your friend’s house

Challenge 3

  • Build a bridge to the shops that will protect you from the weather and that is lit so that you can go to the shops at night

Challenge 4

  • Find the giant tree near the lava pit and go to the sheep paddock.
  • Build an arch bridge across the water that gets the sheep safely across to the larger paddock (it may need rails so the sheep don’t fall off into the water).
  • It also needs to be high enough to allow the person rowing the boat to fit under it.

Challenge 5

  • Go to where the tree-houses are  … this is a school of the air but the classrooms aren’t connected
  • Build a ladder to get up to the rooms and connect all of the classrooms by building air bridges
  • Made a bridge from the last room back down to the stone path

Challenge 6

  • Build a 3m wide bridge the traverses the huge chasm to get to the village.
  • Explore the village when you get there to discover some hidden ‘surprises’

Possible extension activity
Have students program the agent using code to build each of these bridges, still answering the challenge requirements for each.

Performance Expectations

The gamified progress in the Bridge Building Challenge can be tracked in a physical class chart on a wall in the class to share progress along the 6 challenges.

The Bridge Building Challenge could be a fitting assessment task on the end of the physical sciences unit if students develop a book to evidence their work and science understandings on each challenge.

Victorian Curriculum

Science

  • Physical Sciences
  • Communicating

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Importing and Exporting Your Worlds

A guide to exporting and importing Minecraft world files

Learn to Play: Using the Book and Quill

A video to demonstrate recording progress.

Supporting Files

Gr5 bridge building challenge.mcworld


Access the 6 bridge building challenges in this file