Now that Minecraft is up and running, we finally started an after school club, which overflowed before it even began. This year's club is running in mini-sessions, since the popularity of it means it fills quickly, the mini sessions allow for more opportunities to participate. In order to do so, we're running each mini-session with it's own theme, the first session being the Wild Wild West!
I mean, who doesn't love the Wild, Wild, West, especially in Minecraft?
One of the great parts of Minecraft is how simple it is to infuse concepts of all kinds into the learning adventure. In this case, we took a peek into the real old West, observing the materials in which buildings were built, the different "stores" that existed, the way the towns were organized, and the why behind it all. We also talked about the differences between life then and life now. From there, kids had to sketch their contribution to our Minecraft world, justifying each of the choices they made.
While I thought that part was fun, the real fun began as they started building. Kids had three weeks to take their town from wildly sketched on paper, to the Wild West of Minecraft!
Minecraft Experience: Recreate the Wild, Wild West