Revamp Melbourne

Revamp Melbourne

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

Geography

Math & Economics

This lesson designed by Nathan Gourzelas, Eltham East Primary School sees students choose a space in Melbourne city that they would like to revamp.

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April 27, 2021

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Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Mini Melbourne World

The Mini Melbourne world file can be downloaded from FUSE for import, or may be opened directly from within Minecraft by navigating in the Library.

Supporting Files

Mini Melbourne Minecraft Startup


A guide for teachers to download the Mini Melbourne map and set up the world before students start.

Mini Melbourne Project Outline


Revamp Melbourne project outline for students including rubric

Melbourne CBD Map


Map delineating the boundaries of Mini Melbourne

Learning Objectives

  • Create a solution that meets the future needs of Melbourne
  • Effectively contribute to a team and reflect on its progress
  • Explain how a solution meets current and future needs

Guiding Ideas

Students choose a space in Mini Melbourne that they would like to change and make plans to redevelop. Write a submission to Melbourne City Council outlining why it should change and outlining the cost in doing so. Put it to a vote in the classroom to see if other students agree, those that get approved are built by the class.

  • How do cities evolve and change?
  • How do authorities make choices about areas to redevelop?
  • How can virtual tools like Minecraft be used to model and test ideas for development?

 

Student Activities

Students are shown the Melbourne CBD map with the boundaries of the Mini Melbourne world prior to starting.

The steps below are explained in detail in the Mini Melbourne Project Outline - Revamp Melbourne.doc document. Assign any time limit or session amount limit per step of the project.

STEP ONE: Form a group of four to five students. By combining use of the CBD map, Google Maps street view and Mini Melbourne find a location that you believe could use an upgrade.

STEP TWO: Your group is to write a proposal to the Melbourne council (your teacher and classmates) outlining your plans. (Linked to persuasive writing)

STEP THREE: In your own groups, and after your plan has been approved, expand on your proposal. These are your construction plans. Put jobs next to every team member’s name. Teamwork is very important to complete your jobs and your construction in time. Besides what each member will do, make a list of all the resources and materials you will need. E.g. What type of stone, bricks, glass, etc.

STEP FOUR: Build and reflect. After each session of building, every team member is to write a paragraph as a summary of what they did to help their team and how the construction is coming along,

STEP FIVE: The grand opening! When your project is complete, your teacher will open the Mini Melbourne map on the Interactive Whiteboard and your group will discuss what was constructed. Give any important details to the class such as how it was built, interesting features you added and what it will be used for.

Performance Expectations

Each group is to be graded as per the rubric in the Mini Melbourne Project Outline - Revamp Melbourne.doc document. This can happen as the groups present, and takes into consideration the teacher’s observations of how they worked as a team to make their improvements happen.

Victorian Curriculum Links

Design and technologies

  • Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (VCDSCD039)
  • Negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of environmental and social sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (VCDSCD041)
  • Develop project plans that include consideration of resources when making designed solutions (VCDSCD042)

Digital technology

  • Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet current and future community and sustainability needs (VCDTCD034)
  • Define problems in terms of data and functional requirements, drawing on previously solved problems to identify similarities (VCDTCD030)
  • Plan, create and communicate ideas, information and online collaborative projects, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols (VCDTDI029)

Personal and Social Capabilities

  • Identify the characteristics of an effective team and develop descriptions for particular roles including leadership, and describe both their own and their team’s performance when undertaking various roles (VCPSCSO032)
  • Describe what it means to be confident, adaptable and persistent and why these attributes are important in dealing with new or challenging situations (VCPSCSE027)

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Investigate how ideas and problems can be dis-aggregated into smaller elements or ideas, how criteria can be used to identify gaps in existing knowledge, and assess and test ideas and proposals (VCCCTM031)

 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Mini Melbourne World

The Mini Melbourne world file can be downloaded from FUSE for import, or may be opened directly from within Minecraft by navigating in the Library.

Supporting Files

Mini Melbourne Minecraft Startup


A guide for teachers to download the Mini Melbourne map and set up the world before students start.

Mini Melbourne Project Outline


Revamp Melbourne project outline for students including rubric

Melbourne CBD Map


Map delineating the boundaries of Mini Melbourne