Primary (Grades 4–6)
Using the popular creative software Minecraft, students will study real-world concepts and issues. They will harness their teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations that will prepare them for creating and collaborating in the 21st century.
|Number of Students||10 students *Minimum: 3 students|
|Lesson time||90 minutes|
|Materials||Minecraft, tutorial book, and laptop|
|Things to bring||Stationary, indoor shoes, and water bottle|
|Lesson contents||STEM lesson using Minecraft|
|Every Wednesday 16:30-18:00 @ Shirokanedai|
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a sandbox game that is widely used in education around the world. In the game, you can place blocks on the ground or in the air to build a variety of architecture. There is no limitation to the number of blocks or the size of the land, which allows students to create whatever they like.
Though it is often underestimated as just a game, Minecraft has found a place in education by applying the functions of many academic subjects. Through Minecraft, students are able to acquire critical thinking, build teamwork abilities, and develop their inquiring minds with creativity and patience.
Project Examples (2017)
|Art Gallery||Architectural Design||Mars Colony|
"Let's curate art and turn paintings into
"Let's build our own dream house!"
"Let's make a town on Mars!"
|How to work on the projects|
(1)Brainstorming - talk about initial ideas for the projects and create an outline
(2)Planning - use digital tools to draw a map, a layout, or a design of your idea
(3)Building - collaborate to realize your design in Minecraft
(4)Sharing/presentation - discuss your creation with the class or make a recording to walk through the entirety of your product
|Review/Introduction||Review of the previous week and introduction to today's lesson.|
|Brainstorm||They will discuss the problems with each other and think of the solutions.|
|Create||Develop their Minecraft world based on what they have planned.|
|Presentation||Share what they have discovered and where they had difficulties with the class.|