The RCOA Minecraft Club is returning for its third year!  Perhaps your children are Minecraft experts or maybe they have never set foot in the virtual Minecraft world.  Either way, come join us as we design, build, collaborate, and explore!

Minecraft Club provides learners with the opportunity to develop their critical and creative thinking skills as they plan and execute their own designs.  Minecraft Club members will be given a weekly challenge that will require them to research, design, explore, build, and share — all in a safe and welcoming community of RCOA learners.

Sign up for Minecraft Club by completing the RCOA Minecraft Club 2018/19 Form.

In the RCOA Minecraft club, members will be given a weekly challenge that will require them to research, design, explore, build, and share — all in a safe and welcoming community of RCOA students.  Minecraft allows students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills as they plan and execute their own designs.

Last year, I was blown away by the many displays of creativity and critical thinking as learners engaged in their weekly challenges.  Learners created things that I didn’t even know were possible in Minecraft. I was reminded of how Minecraft can be a terrific “blank canvas” for many of our learners.

        

This year’s first theme will be “Mysteries.”  As learners participate in the weekly challenge, they will be able to engage in fun and exciting puzzles and mysteries.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Minecraft Club:

Q:  When and where does the club meet?

A:  The club is online, so you meet in a digital classroom to find out about the weekly challenge. There are three terms as follows: Term 1: Sept. 24th – Dec. 7th Term 2: Jan. – March 1 Term 3: March 17th – June 14th. Learners enter the digital classroom on their own schedules as they are able. There is not a ‘set’ time they need to be there.

Q:  How old do you have to be to participate?

A: This is a K-9 Club, so it is open to anyone in those grades. However, if your child cannot read and write yet, you will need to help them by reading the challenge and their team’s comments, and then typing their answers and thinking to share with the team.

Q:  What learning objectives does this club cover?

A:  This club will offer chances to show learning across a variety of subjects and objectives. ADST, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Career, Healthy Living may all have parts that are covered, depending on which term your child participates.

Q:  Who will be on the server?

A:  We have a PRIVATE RCOA only server. Only RCOA learners, and the supervisor, me (Kailem Boer), will be allowed access it.

Q:  What is the RCOA Minecraft world like?

A:  The server world is peaceful, so no monsters will appear.  Members will begin in a small town with some buildings to get them started, and will be invited to explore to begin building their own Minecraft house! If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it is like building with virtual Lego.

Q:  What version of Minecraft is used?

A:  The RCOA Minecraft club requires the Java Edition of Minecraft that can be downloaded from www.minecraft.net.  You can visit this official page for a list of the different versions of Minecraft: https://help.mojang.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1274139-different-minecraft-editions?b_id=5408

Q:  How much time does this club require each week?

A:  I design the weekly challenge to take 2-3 hours per week, but as you know if your child already plays Minecraft, they’ll spend much more time than that if you let them!

Q:  What is the cost of the Minecraft club?

A:  Cost per term:   $75 for first child, $50 for second child, and $25 for third child.

If you have further questions, contact me at kboer@rcoa.ca.

I look forward to watching your children’s thinking process in action as they work through Minecraft challenges this year!

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