8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Government and Politics
If we could build an ideal city, what would be in the city plans? What is important today? What is of value.
October 25, 2016
Mini-Lesson (whole class)
Minecraft uses a consistent scale where 1 block is equal to 1 meter. You can determine the area of your city area by using official maps to determine how many square meters encompasses the space you plan to modify. Users can redesign in Minecraft but it needs to adhere to existing city parameters.
Here is an example in Denmark: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/minecraft-players-can-now-explore-denmark-1.2622403.
Internationally, non-profits like Block, http://blockbyblock.org/ are helping people rebrand or improve their city.
Before you begin: o Ask students some questions about this activity. • Why are users turning to Minecraft to build? • There are even businesses out there who will charge to design a property in Minecraft. What is the lure for these international businesses? o There are some perks to building in Minecraft using Redstone that you won’t get with a tool like Sketch-Up (you can direct the camera and do things like turn in switches to operate light rail cars, turn on solar panels, and animate with models).
Implementation for your class:
Evidence of Learning • Students should have a working simulation of their model. A current map should be part of presenting along with a description of what they changed and the design process that went into the redesign. Let students describe what they changed and why the team decided this design was the most viable or logical.
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