8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Math & Economics
In this custom-built Minecraft world, students encounter a variety of problems that reflect construction challenges in cities today.
October 6, 2017
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In this chapter, the groups visit a construction site where they will produce a building from scratch. The work in Minecraft is meant to reflect, as far as possible, the processes that a real construction project would undergo. To illustrate this working procedure, the students can find inspiration at the site goconstruct.org, where they can see the various roles and phases that are involved in the creation of a building.
The teacher simplifies these phases to match a Minecraft context, and introduces the five stages that the group must use as the framework for their production. These are:
When these have been described, the class is introduced to three constraints that they must take account of when they begin: - The building must take into account people on street level and provide attractive facilities such as shops, entertainment facilities and play areas. - The building must provide the framework for an attractive working environment which allows for a flexible workspace. - The building must make use of its height, and must have at least five storeys.
- What have you built?
- How have you built it? (Show pictures from the documentation of the progression.)
- Why did you build it like this?
- How does your building interact with the urban space?
- How does your building create quality for all citizens of the city?
- Did you adhere to your plan? Why / Why not?
- What went well/badly in your teamwork? How could this be improved next time?
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