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Explore economics, civics, geometry, and more while creating Minecraft-like cities!

Metrocraft I

  • Grades 4-7

    Max enrollment: 12 students per class

  • Students learn economics, civics, geometry and how democracy works as they join together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft-type world. Minecraft programs are limitless platforms for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, and supply and demand. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create and vote on a city constitution. They work in committees to make key decisions and design buildings for their city. Students use mathematics and geometry to construct a working urban environment. STEM skills have never been so fun!
  • 5 sessions, 90 minutes per session
  • $149.00

    Including all 5 sessions

  • We use a public domain version of Minetest instead of Minecraft, which is better for this reality driven, civics-based program.

Metrocraft II

  • Grades 4-8

    Max enrollment: 12 students per class

  • As we build the state of Metrocraft's newest metropolis, these experienced students will each be asked to create an Architectural Company. Each client is a company (supermarket chain, football franchise, bank etc...) that is looking for a specific type of skyscraper or building complex to be built with a specific architectural style and certain requirements. As we study architectural styles and techniques, the student companies choose which client they will work for and then create the requested design as their new city expands. Meanwhile, each student's company must also invent a new product or promotion for their client. As we study marketing and advertising techniques, students create a marketing campaign, magazine ad, billboard and TV commercial for their newly-created product. They even market it to students in other cities within the state of Metrocraft. The final project will be to create an video a TV commercial to present to the class. Students can act in the commercial themselves or direct family, friends, lego minifigures, dolls or whatever they choose. Overall, this will be a more intricate and advanced follow-up to Metrocraft I, which will be sure to engage our returning students with new concepts related to both architecture and business.
  • 5 sessions, 90 minutes per session
  • $149.00

    Including all 5 sessions

  • Students will need to download Minetest, the free public domain version of Minecraft.

Metrocraft Daily: A Mission to Create the World's Largest Minetest City!

  • Grades 3-9

    Max enrollment: 12 students per class

  • WE'RE ON A MISSION! We have researched the biggest, most complex cities ever built in Minetest and we think we can do better! Working in our "24/7 open world," each student will be assigned a different, multi-step building project each week, as we work together to set the new World Record for the largest-ever Minetest city. Let the excitement begin! How Does it Work? This massive project will take months of hard work to complete, but students can enroll and re-enroll on a weekly basis as their schedules and availabilities change! This provides greater flexibility for families. Each week, students will meet with a teacher for a one-hour planning and logistics class on Zoom to choose their project assignments, ask and answer questions and get updates on the progress of the city. The majority of class, and the actual project-construction takes place between Zoom meetings in our "24/7 Open World." Metrocraft Daily teachers will be in our Open World consistently, during pre-scheduled one-hour "prime times" each day to help guide students and answer any questions (see schedule below). In addition, Metrocraft Daily teachers are frequently online in the Minetest world, simply to check-in with students and monitor progress. With so many projects to be completed in our attempt to break the world-record, it can mean hours and hours of fun each week for avid, young Minetest-ers! Students can choose to work on projects alone or in groups of 2 or 3, making this an ideal class to take with a friend! Please note, this is NOT a free-for-all build. Each city and build has been carefully mapped out to ensure project (more than 400 in all) boundaries, so that students know the objective, location and requirements for each construction. Get Ready to "WOMP!" Each build also includes a short project called a "Work Outside of Minetest Project" (or "WOMP"). Encouraging creative thinking, a WOMP guides a student through a research process on a topic, asking specific questions and challenging the leaner to engage in the material outside of Minetest. Each WOMP should take about 20-45 minutes to complete, for which students earn points that they can use in our monthly Point Auctions. *Before starting Metrocraft Daily, families can decide whether WOMPs will be bonus work or required homework for their student. A few examples of builds/projects and associated WOMPs: *Create a NASA-type launch site (with a WOMP about the 1969 "Moonshot") *Create a highway and off-ramp connecting two of our cities (with a WOMP about America's first cross-country road) *Create the seaport for one of our cities in the world (with a WOMP about the history of NY Harbor during the Revolutionary War) *Create a seaport statue in the style of the Statue of Liberty (with a WOMP on the history of the Statue of Liberty) *Create a small neighborhood featuring "Eichler" style homes (with a WOMP about Eichler homes and 1950s architecture) *Create a high speed bullet train connecting two of our cities (with a WOMP about the creation of the first bullet train in Japan) *Create an underground money depository modeled after Fort Knox (with a WOMP about the history of Fort Knox in Tennessee) Weekly Schedule: * Each week, students have a one-hour planning and logistics class in Zoom to choose their project assignments, ask and answer questions and get updates on the progress of the city. Students enroll in planning meetings based on their sections scheduled Zoom class time. * Work is done outside of class in our "24/7 Open World." * Our Metrocraft Daily teacher is also online a minimum of two one-hour periods each day to help guide students and answer questions. It is not required that students be in the world at this time but our Metrocraft Daily teachers are checking in on the students throughout the day. Prime Time Schedule: Mon 2:30-3:30pm EST Tues 10AM-11AM EST Weds 6:00-7:00 pm EST Thurs 4:00-5:00pm EST Fri 11:00-12:00pm EST Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm EST Sun 4:00pm-5:00pm EST Come join our record-breaking project!
  • 60 minutes
  • $25.00

  • Students will need to download Minetest, the free public domain version of Minecraft.

Metrocraft III

  • Grades 4-9

    Max enrollment: 12 students per class

  • As the newly-elected mayor of a brand-new Minecraft City, students have their work cut out for them! In this problem-solving and social studies class based course, students not only build their city but govern it. During each class, as they work to construct the perfect metropolis, our student mayors receive individually-crafted "telegrams" from a their Cabinet of Advisers. Students will learn about governing a city, including coming up with tax and healthcare plans for their residents, and managing a city-wide budget. Ultimately, they will develop a political platform, and launch a re-election campaign against an opponent gunning for their mayorship!
  • 5 sessions, 90 minutes per session
  • $149.00

    Including all 5 sessions

  • Students will need to download Minetest, the free public domain version of Minecraft.