City of the Future

City of the Future

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Geography

Technology

This lesson designed by Daniel Summerell, Hazel Glen College. Students design a future city addressing selected Sustainable Development Goals.

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April 27, 2021

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Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Unpack the 17 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

10 ways to build more sustainable cities

Design ideas for sustainability

Supporting Files

City of the Future with Minecraft EE ppt planner


Student self-guided planner file including support for brainstorming, image collects, reflections and assessment rubric.

Learning Objectives

  • Students have an opportunity to design and create the city of the future using Minecraft: Education Edition.
  • Students will design their city carefully, taking into consideration the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • A checklist and planner is provided to help guide self-managed student learning.

Guiding Ideas

Why is there a need for the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
How can cities in the future be built to be more sustainable?

Student Activities

This lesson is designed for student self-managed learning. They are given the City of the Future with Minecraft EE ppt planner which guides the steps in their learning. Teachers should go through this planner with students and decide whether they are to work individually or in small teams.

  •  Login to Minecraft Education Edition on the PCs
  • Watch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) video
  • Discuss and select 4-5 goals for your city to address
  • Brainstorm your ideas for a city incorporating the chosen SDGs.
  • Press PLAY and begin a new Creative Minecraft world titles City of the Future
  • Open your world map and sketch an outline of it on paper (if you are working collaboratively, include who will be creating what)
  • If you are working collaboratively, you must also create some rules to make the creation experience a good one for everyone
  • Plan your city carefully using your map sketch. Draw and label everything that you will be creating.
  • Include a transport network in your map sketch that you will make in your city
  • Begin creating your city in Minecraft (using signs and boards to highlight sustainable features)
  • Develop a feedback questionnaire/ survey for peers exploring your city
  • Request feedback from at least 3 peers PLUS your teacher
  • Make adjustments to your City world file based on the feedback you receive
  • Re-test your City world file with peers
  • Critically reflect on your City world file (refer to the feedback section of your planner)
  • Upload your critical reflection and your City world file to Google Classroom

Performance Expectations

Through their completed city world files and completed project planner students will present evidence of:

  1. Recognition of the importance of SDGs for cities of the future
  2. Understanding of how cities can build differently for a more sustainable future
  3. Critically reflect on their own project and learning
    •    What surprised you most when creating your city?
    •    What are your feelings about the process of creating this city?
    •    How did the feedback from peers help you in creating your city?
    •    How did the design of your city help to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
    •    What could you do differently if you were to complete this project again?

 

Victorian Curriculum

Design and Technologies: Creating Designed Solutions

Students create designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts based on an evaluation of needs or opportunities. They develop criteria for success, including sustainability considerations, and use these to judge the suitability of their ideas and designed solutions and processes.

Creating Designed Solutions

  • Investigating
    Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas (VCDSCD049)
  • Generating
    Generate, develop and test design ideas, plans and processes using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD050)
  • Producing
    Effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions (VCDSCD051)
  • Evaluating
    Independently develop criteria for success to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions and their sustainability (VCDSCD052)
  • Planning and managing
    Use project management processes to coordinate production of designed solutions (VCDSCD053)

Technology and Society

  • Examine and prioritise competing factors including social, ethical, economic and sustainability considerations in the development of technologies and designed solutions to meet community needs for preferred futures (VCDSTS043)

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Unpack the 17 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

10 ways to build more sustainable cities

Design ideas for sustainability

Supporting Files

City of the Future with Minecraft EE ppt planner


Student self-guided planner file including support for brainstorming, image collects, reflections and assessment rubric.