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Minecraft Education Challenge: Additional Minecraft Resources for Teachers

Minecraft Education Challenge

Minecraft Education Resources

Check out the recording of the Minecraft Challenge 2021 Kick-off session to learn more about Minecraft: Education Edition and the Build a Better Tomorrow! Battle of the Boroughs Challenge.

Join the Minecraft Team! When you join the Minecraft Team, make sure to click on Files (in the General channel) to locate related documents. Also check out the presentation from the Kick-off sessionAs we add more files, we will post an announcement so you’ll know what’s new.

Earth Week Lessons

Earth Week with Sustainability City Lessons
April 19 - April 23, 2021

Access FREE Sustainability City: Earth Week with Sustainability City recorded lessons from The Cobblestone Collective.

Need Technical Assistance?

Follow these steps to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition.

  1. Download Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac, iPad, and Chromebook.
  2. After you download the software, you will sign in using your NYCDOE student account.
  3. If you have a DOE issued iPad, the Minecraft app should already be on your device.
  4. If you have a school issued Chromebook (from 2019 or newer), you will need help from your school's technology teacher to download the software.

Still having trouble with Minecraft: Education Edition? We're here to help. Email us at STEM@schools.nyc.gov.

Volunteer to be a Judge and/or Coach!

As part of Battle of the Boroughs, we’re looking for teacher volunteers for the following roles:

  • Judges: Your role will be to judge Part 1 submissions (1-minute 30-second video submissions from students in grades K-12). Minecraft experience is not required.
  • Coach/Mentors: For Part 2, we are looking for coaches for the 10 middle school and 10 high school teams. You will be the coach/mentor for a group of five students. Minecraft experience is preferred, but not required. Coaches/mentors have a chance to participate in specialized training and represent their borough in this inaugural Battle of the Boroughs live-build esports competition.

Time commitment and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Timeframe: Mid-May through early June, up to six hours for Part 1, and 1-3 hours weekly over the course of three weeks for Part 2.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Participate in training sessions with your student team (two hours total, over two days).
    • Set up team meetings for team bonding and practice sessions.
    • Participate in practice rounds with your team and support them through the design planning/thinking, build development, and overall navigation of the live-build competition(s) (just like a coach would support a sports team!).

Sign up to be a judge and/or coach!

For questions, email STEM@schools.nyc.gov.