Minecraft Education Challenge

Join the 2020 Minecraft Education Challenge to Build a Better World!!

Starting June 2 through June 16 you can use Minecraft: Education Edition to design a public space for your neighborhood, community or for New York City.

Design a public space for your community in Minecraft, keeping in mind the local culture and ecosystem as well as the needs of the different types of people that will use the space.

This challenge is open to all NYC Department of Education students, but you must have a DOE student account. See step 2 below for instructions on how to get your student account, you will need your account in order to download Minecraft Education Edition for free

Get Started with Minecraft Education Edition

Watch this video to learn how to get setup with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Download Minecraft

If you need your student account, follow these simple steps (or ask your teacher for help):

  1. Download Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac and iPad.
  2. After you download the software, you will sign in using your NYCDOE student account.
  3. If you have borrowed an iPad from NYCDOE, the Minecraft app should already be on your device.

How to Participate in the Challenge

  • You may want to do a little research before you start building. Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Use the Projects for Public Spaces to learn more.
  • Once you have access to Minecraft: Education Edition, open a new world using either a template world or biome world.
  • Review the rubric, below.
  • Work on your challenge submission and design a public space using blocks and items in Minecraft.
  • Once you are ready to submit, each student (or team) should use Flipgrid to create a video touring their Minecraft build, with voiceover explaining their project and how the public space supports the community.
  • Submit your project with a 1-minute Flipgrid screen recording.

Important Dates

  • Challenge opens: June 2, 2020
  • Submissions due: June 16, 2020
  • UPDATE: Showcase Worlds Revealed: June 30, 2020

More Information

Guide to Multiplayer

Multiplayer is one of the most popular and effective ways to leverage Minecraft and is a great way to keep students connected with classmates, even when collaborating remotely. Working together encourages collaboration, communication and problem solving as students work together on projects in a shared Minecraft world.

Multiplayer across different internet connections is possible as long as the criteria in the multiplayer guide is met. Every home network is different, so it's possible that some players may not be able to join a multiplayer session from their respective networks due to distinct configuration settings. Anti-virus and firewall applications may block access to multiplayer, so ensure you configure these programs to allow access to Minecraft: Education Edition.

Download Office 365 apps

In addition to Minecraft Education Edition, go nycstudents.net to download download more Microsoft Office 365 software using your NYCDOE student account credentials. There is no cost for Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You can also get cloud storage through your One Drive account.

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