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MinecraftEDU June Winners Design Space Stations
MinecraftEDU June Winners Design Space Stations
Posted on 07/01/2020
A collage featuring the winners and screenshots of their winning entry videos.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Congratulations to the innovative and imaginative BCS students who designed their own space stations for the MinecraftEDU June Challenge!

Charles C. Bell Elementary School fifth-graders Calla Harvey and Sophia McKinley won the grades 5-6 category, while Barnardsville Elementary School fourth-grader Malcolm Wetmore won the grades 3-4 category.

Students in grades 3-12 have been using the popular "sandbox video game" Minecraft to take on current problems and explore some of tomorrow’s big questions. The May challenge asked students to design classrooms that allow for physical distancing while remaining accessible to students with different learning styles and abilities. The July challenge asks students to explain the game itself to others while building their reading and writing skills.

“The students are the teachers in these activities,” said BCS Digital Learning Facilitator Pamela Johnson. “We just set up the challenges, and their project submissions are amazing! It’s an excellent way for us to engage them with critical thinking and problems in a game setting that they’re the masters of. I truly believe it’s been one of the best ways we’ve engaged students in a personalized learning format.”

The Winning Entries
Calla Harvey and Sophia McKinley
Malcolm Wetmore

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