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Global Minecraft Challenge to Raise Awareness about Climate Change

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    Kyle M

    Awesome idea Richard! I'll pin this to the top of the forum posts so hopefully it gets some more traction.

  • richard hainsworth

    Thanks Kyle. My year 8 design and technology students are looking to team up with other students from around the world. Please let me know of any teachers / schools interested. 

    Thankyou 

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good morning Alan, or in your case good evening to you in Germany. 

    Great news that you are interested in a collaboration challenge. 

    What subject are you teaching in and how many students do you have your class.?

    Thankyou

    Richard

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good afternoon Alan and hello Helen

    This sounds fantastic. A Global village is exactly what I was thinking too. The Future City sounds like a very cool concept. I have a year 8 class a year 7 class and a year 10 class working on building the challenges now. 

    Helen this sounds amazing. Are you using MEE with your tertiary students and are you based in Europe as well? My students are testing the sustainability challenges.

    Guiding Question:- Can a game create a global village of inspired change makers.

    What are the learning goals?  The key goal is a greater awareness of climate change

    1. That we can all make a difference
    2. That we have the power to change the outcome
    3. That team work and different perspectives are crucial to success
    4. Instill a sense of belief and connectedness to others and the world around us.
    5. To make a world of difference. Cultural change and positive mind set.

     

    Challenges

    1. ‘A Rising Sea’- Building bridges to help connect and save people from rising sea levels
    2. ‘Reforestation’ - Plant 50 saplings and carry water from across distances
    3. ‘Travel Together’ - Transport public not more isolation
    4. Renewable Energy - Build a solar farm and connect a town with clean energy
    5. Coral rejuvenation – Help rebuild the underwater life of the Great Barrier Reef
    6. Put out the fire – Fight fire with

     

     

    What web conferencing software do you both use?

    Zoom.us works ok here in Australia. 

    'Microsoft Teams' is a possible platform to use although I don;t know much about it. Guessing everyone would need a Office 365 account.  

     

     

    Ok exciting times. 

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good evening Alan

    My students and I have been building 'the global village' . Have a look at the website that goes with it.  Feel free to take a look at the Island and let me know what you think.

    It would be great to get some feed back from your students and who ever else is interested out there?

    http://tasbcr.wixsite.com/global-island 

     

    What would be your goals and expectations with regards to the Partnership? Sounds really interesting

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  • richard hainsworth
    • Hi there David thanks for this. We are looking to connect with a couple of schools from around the planet in 2019. Would love to have you on board. Where are you located and what year level do you teach? 

    I also have a fun Floating Island challenge as a warm up task for classroom team challenge. If interested I will upload it to the Website's drop box folder. 

    Looking forward to collaborating. 

     

    • Alan - can;t wait to see your green city. My students could do a video walk through of it and send it to your class. 

     

    Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing holiday break.

     

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hey there Masmoudi Sonia

    Wondering if you are interested in joining, do you teach a particular subject / year group ? 

     

    Ok thanks for reaching out really appreciate it,  I am sure there are lots of students and teachers out there looking to connect and create change we just need to take that first step, like yours.

    I am constantly working on the Island with my own kids as they are heaps better at MEE then me. I will also put together a package of teacher resources together and post these once things get a bit more developed on the Island. In the meantime feel free to build / edit it/ add to it / share etc. The more ideas and energy that goes in it the better.

    Thanks again Talk soon

     

    Interesting article

    https://www.solarquotes.com.au/blog/australia-renewable-superpower-mb0898/ 

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hi there Ajnta

    Hope you are well and thank you for your interest. Have you had a chance to look at the webisite and the Island?

    http://tasbcr.wixsite.com/global-island 

    Do you have a particular class that you teach or a group of students that would be interested?

    Thanks again and very excited to be working with you all this year.

    Warm regards,

    Richard

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hi Alan

    Try this link and hit the download tab at the bottom of the page 

    http://tasbcr.wixsite.com/global-island 

     

    it should take you to the drop box that hopefully allows anyone the ability to download the Island?

     

    Here is the drop box link if it doesn;t work

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/b6eioenr6cxrlyf/The%20Global%20Island%200.2.mcworld?dl=0 

     

    Please let me know if you can get in and download?

    Ta

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Welcome back everybody. Hope you have had a good start to the academic year.

     

    Great to hear that you were able to get into the world and have a look around. My year 11 IDT students are now working on building the quests and getting it ready for a full launch in 3 weeks time.

    You will have to go back to the link and get to get the latest version. 

    Looking forward to collaborating with your students from around the world and joining forces to stop climate change.

    Best regards

    Richard

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hi there Luk Van den Bossche

    We are about to set up a conference page where students from around the world can connect and collaborate. We are working on what the easiest way for teachers and students to do this. If you and your students are interested let us know. 

     

    Welcome aboard.

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good evening Luk Van den Bossche

    That sounds amazing, so inspirational. 

    This is our school http://www.bcrandwick.catholic.edu.au/home/ 

    A lot of our students are also marching and taking action. 

    It would be great for our students to connect via Skype or another platform as they would love to hear what other young people are doing.

    Thanks so much 

    Richard 

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  • Hi there Damien and Alan

    Hope all is well. We are about to go on semester break here in Australia, but when we come back in two weeks time we would love to team up with you guys.

     

    We are building a bit of a platform for teachers to help get their students to collaborate in.

     

    This is a practice run 

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/global-island-tickets-60232968430 

    Please feel free to click on and sign up. 

    Thanks and great to have you on board.

    Richard

    Sydney Australia

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hi there Vilas

    The Future Farming and Organic Farming projects sounds amazing. We would love to see and learn more about this.

     

    Minecraft has so many interesting possibilities, we would love to share the challenge with you when you are ready.

     

    Talk soon

    Richard

    Brigidine College Randwick 

    Australia

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good morning Vilas

    Your school sounds amazing. 

     

    Feel free to email me 

    richard.hainsworth@syd.cathollic.edu.au

    and we can set up share point and even a Skype conference ?

    Wishing you a great weekend and happy farming.

     

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  • richard hainsworth

    Good afternoon Jessica

     

    Great to hear from you and that you are interested in a collaboration.  We would love to join up with you and collaborate.

     

    Will email you now.

     

    So exciting

    Thanks again,

    Richard 

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  • richard hainsworth

    Hi there Jessica

     

    Hope all is well. My students are looking to team up again this year and are looking for more schools from around the world. 

     

    Will try and email you this morning. Hope all is well and can;t wait to join forces.

     

    Regards,

    Richard

     

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  • Good morning everyone.

    I hope that you and your families are safe and well during this time.

    Since most schools around the world are in lock down I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect with fellow teachers and their classes. I am building a 24 hour team sprint around the world challenge. Based on team work & sustainability with the idea of joining together to build better connections.

    The main idea is that there are a series of islands (that represent us as isolated countries) and student teams have to build a bridge to connect the island next to them. Starting with a school in New Zealand connecting to Australia then all the way around the planet returning back to New Zealand before the sun rises (in real time).

    In practical terms, the file would be emailed to the teacher starting with NewZealand, they would build, save the file, download it and send to the next school / country and so on until it made it around the world. We would have to dominate a particular date over the next month and start the clock.

    Wondering if anyone is interested in joining in?

    Best regards,

    Richard 

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Richard,

     

    my year 10 students would like to team up too.

     

    We are planning to start working on a „Future City“ from next week onwards.

     

    Best,

    Alan

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  • a.monetha

    Morning Richard,

     

    There is no specific subject and we are a group of 15 students. How many students are in your class?

    Alan

     

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  • Helen Carney

    Hi Richard,

    I am using Minecraft EE with university level students and we are designing some simple worlds that can be used to demonstrate sustainability. It might be a good experience for our higher education students to interact and collaborate with your cohort. Our students are taking a degree in Environmental Science.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Helen,

     

    maybe we can have something like a ``global village``.

     

    Best,

    Alan

     

     

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Richard,

     

    great work. Thank you very much.

     

    I would like to include the challenge: our workplace in the future.

     

    I have got an Office 365 account.

     

    I am also highly interested in something like a strategic partnership with other schools powered by Minecraft Edu.

     

    Alan

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  • David Schmall

    This is amazing! Thank you Richard for doing this!

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Richard,

     

    thank you for the link. It looks both interesting and challenging.

     

    We are still working on our „Green City“. What about your class?

     

    I might take some in game pictures and send them to you.

     

    Unfortunately, we will participate in a German competition about STEM jobs, so I doubt we have enough time this term.

     

    Best,

    Alan

     

     

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Richard,

     

    how can I do a walk through? Is it in game based?

     

    Alan

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  • a.monetha

    Thank you, Richard :)

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  • Masmoudi Sonia

     Thank you Richard for doing this.

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  • Principal Ajanta

    Guiding Question:- Can a game create a global village of inspired change makers.

     

                I am in for it.Who would like to work on this project?

     

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  • a.monetha

    Hi Richard,

     

    do you have a Dropbox address for me?

     

    Best,

    Alan

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