Building Planning with Minecraft - Minecart Madness
In this workshop, our expert Gamer Guides lead kids through fun Minecraft activities to improve their planning skills.
Today’s Activity: Minecart Madness
For this session your children will be practicing planning while creating their own Minecart roller coasters! We will start with the basics, what is planning? How can it be used? Then the basics of Minecarts and how to power and work with them.
We will then separate into groups and each child will be designated their own building area. Each child will be asked to make a plan before they start building. A plan for their coaster overall, their plan for building it etc.. Then its time for them to start building! Our gamer – guides will observe, help them and ask them questions to keep them thinking while they are building as well.
Once the time runs up and everyone is completed we will regroup and have everyone explain their Mine cart system. We will be asking questions like did everything go according to plan? What would you change next time? We will have each kid compliment and weigh in on each others build to get some communication rolling! We will wrap it up by explaining how planning their builds will help them get a better result and explain the value of planning how they can use it in everyday life.
For more information about Planning, visit the Planning Page at LearningWorks for Kids.
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The LW4K method to using video games as teaching tools relies on strategic teaching principles and our approach of “Detect, Reflect, and Connect.” The purpose of the Detect, Reflect, and Connect steps is to mold the child into an active learner who becomes aware of, engaged in, and contemplative of what she is learning. These steps can enhance motivation and concentration. They also assist in extending learning beyond a particular game or technology and connecting it to the real world.