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Building Our Values and Mission: Minecraft Design Challenge

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This quarter, I’ve been using Minecraft in Digital Media. For this project, I wanted to give them a design challenge related to the mission and values of our school. Their presentation is below, and if you have a chance to watch it and leave feedback, we would appreciate it!

Design Challenge: Create a world in Minecraft which reflects U Prep’s Mission Statement and Values.

To begin with, the students had to unpack both the Mission Statement (“University Prep is committed to developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.”) and Values (“University Prep believes that integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish its mission and to sustain its vision.”) From there, they brainstormed what kinds of things could be built into Minecraft that would communicate, further or demonstrate those values both for themselves as well as other players who might join their world.

After the mindmap, they did two rounds of prototyping: first drawing a map of their own proposed world, then having to assemble all of them as a class into a physical prototype in our Maker Space. After that, they went to their in-world build. Finally, they presented their work for some of our staff and faculty for feedback. Their presentation is below (~8:00, direct link to slides). If you watch the video, please take a moment and leave feedback for the students on their feedback form. Thanks!

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