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Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover!

The Engineering Outreach Office's Minecraft program aims to improve students' digital literacy skills through Minecraft: Education Edition. Students in Grades 5-6 will experience world-building, level design, and explore code within the game itself. This four-week course is designed for beginners new to Minecraft and will explore step-by-step the procedures of the engineering design process in-game as students learn to navigate their way through their virtual world. They will apply their critical thinking and collaboration skills to build and develop interactive in-game prototypes that address real-world problems. Students will work in a team environment and explore concepts such as block programming, variables, and loops, with a focus on components, objectives, functions and critical thinking level design. Students will engage in fun competitions that encourage cooperation and exploration as they discover how levels and challenges are developed and work to make connections to real-world issues through their simulated worlds.

Two (2) Minecraft workshops run concurrently to support access to this popular program. All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. (EDT) (UTC-4). 

This four-week course will introduce students to the Minecraft world where students will learn the basics on how to navigate and build their own world. Students will work in a team environment and explore concepts such as block programming, variables, and loops, with a focus on components, objectives, functions and critical thinking level design. Students will engage in fun competitions that encourage cooperation and exploration as they discover how levels and challenges are developed and work to make connections to real-world issues.

Girls' Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover! Provides the same excellent experience in a girl-developed, girl-led, and girl-empowering setting. 

Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover! 

  • Saturdays: January 22, January 29,  February 5, February 12 -Limited Space Available
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Girls' Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover!

  • Saturdays: February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is a four week workshop taking place every Saturday. We highly advise that participants be available to attend all sessions. Additionally the content in both iterations of Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover! is the same. As such, we highly recommend only registering for one of the iterations.

Cost

$400 per four-session workshop.

General Information

Technology Required:

Compatible devices include Windows 10, MacOS, Chromebook. A valid Minecraft software license is required (included for the duration of the program), and a downlink will be provided after registration.
Students will be required to use Google Classroom for this workshop. If you are able to attend the program, our team will be following up with the classroom invitation on the Thursday prior to the start date. Please keep in mind that you will be required to use a @gmail account to access the classroom. School-issued emails are not compatible with our google classroom. Click here to access the support documents for Google Classroom

Materials & Preparation:

Activity instructions, guidelines, and material lists will be sent out on the Thursday before the start date in the form of Student Activity Sheets, which are 1-2 pages of instructions to help students prepare and conduct the workshop. Guardians are asked to kindly read over and gather the materials for their child ahead of time.

Video Permission:

We understand that there is a possibility that a student may intentionally or accidentally activate the camera on their device. As such, while we will not be using this content for any media-related purposes, we do require all participants to consent to the possibility of being photographed and/or filmed.


Waitlist:

If you see that a course is waitlisted on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified immediately in the order that they registered.

Creating an Active Account:

If this is your first time registering for one of our programs, you will be prompted to create an Active account as you register. If you are successful in getting a spot in the workshop, your spot will be held for you as you complete the registration form, so no need to rush.

Please note that it is not possible to create an account before the registration date.

Bursaries:

Bursaries are available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who demonstrate financial need. To find out more about our bursary application process and to apply, please click here.

Cancellation Policy:

A refund or a credit, less an $80.00 administrative fee is available for cancellations received by 11:59 PM ET on:

  • Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover! - Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Girls' Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover! - Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Please submit your request to withdraw or cancel by writing an email with your reason to outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca. No refunds or credits will be issued after this point. Please note that this charge is to cover administrative processing fees. Thank you for your understanding!

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Ready to get started?

Winter 2022: Co-ed, and Girls' Virtual Minecraft: Build, Design, Discover!

If you have questions about Junior Programs:

Contact us at outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca

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