Students learn economics and civics as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft type world. While certainly a fun game, Minecraft is also a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business within a virtual city as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, supply and demand and consumer markets. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create their own constitution of laws. They must problem-solve as they serve on a city council that responding to natural disasters and challenging city issues. STEM learning has never been so fun!
This class will take place online. We will use two programs, Zoom and Minetest. Zoom is an online classroom that is very easy to use. We will send a Zoom ID number with a code to join the meetings. We use a public domain version of Minecraft called Minetest which is nearly identical but which works better for our civics-based purposes. We can also create mods easier and have multiple cities within one state. Best of all, it’s free. :) We send out detailed instructions and links to a tutorial for how to download and install the program. A PC or Mac laptop is needed for Minetest, Chromebooks and tablets are generally not compatible. A mouse is also very helpful for navigating the game easily.