Minecraft Build & Share

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ABOUT THIS SERIES:

Do you like playing Minecraft? If so, you'll fit right in with our Minecraft Build & Share Group. In this group, you and your classmates will vote on the weekly challenge, then you’ll get to build your own world and share it with a small group of like-minded friends.

Sharpen your ability to interact and communicate as a team, all while having fun and honing your Minecraft skills.

Once kids present their creation, other kids naturally have questions and want to learn how they did it. What results is a passionate discussion among kids who all enjoy Minecraft. This is a fabulous way to make friends through shared interests, work on presentation skills, give and receive feedback, and up-level Minecraft skills.

Tuesdays 3:15pm PT

AGES: 8-16, breakout sessions by age

DURATION: April 20 - June 8, 2021

MEETS: Tuesdays for 60 minutes

TIME: 3:15pm Seattle/ 6:15pm New York/ 8:15am Wednesday Sydney

COST: $25 per class, billed as an 8-class session

CANCELLATION POLICY: Classes are fully refundable until 24 hours after the first meeting.

Tuesdays 4:30pm PT

AGES: 8-16, breakout sessions by age

DURATION: April 20 - June 8, 2021

MEETS: Tuesdays for 60 minutes

TIME: 4:30pm Seattle/ 7:30pm New York/ 9:30am Wednesday Sydney

COST: $25 per class, billed as an 8-class session

CANCELLATION POLICY: Classes are fully refundable until 24 hours after the first meeting.

Wednesdays 9:00am PT

AGES: 8-16, breakout sessions by age

DURATION: April 21 - June 9, 2021

MEETS: Wednesdays for 60 minutes

TIME: 9:00am Seattle/ 12:00pm New York/ 5:00pm London

COST: $25 per class, billed as an 8-class session

CANCELLATION POLICY: Classes are fully refundable until 24 hours after the first meeting.

INSTRUCTOR: Maina Gachugu

Maina has been teaching 6th grade for over six years in Kent, Washington. He has a passion for community involvement, so you can usually catch him helping out at after-school events. Maina runs an annual Minecraft Club using Minecraft: Education Edition for the last three years in Kent, focusing on collaborative play and Game-Based Learning. Additionally, he is a Graduate student at the University of Washington's iSchool, working towards a Master's of Library and Information Science degree. Maina hopes to make gaming more prevalent in education as a mode of learning, not just entertainment. Maina lives with his partner and puppy in Seattle, loving learning, games, and the outdoors.

INSTRUCTOR: Owen Groener

As a student who has played Minecraft for over a decade, Owen has been enjoying his time very much at Bright & Quirky! He's passionate about exploring and showing off the wonderful talent and creativity of today’s youth through a safe platform. He enjoys getting to work with 2e kids and play his favorite game, all while stimulating abstract thinking and promoting creative exploration.

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Henkels

Mark has been and continues to be a middle school math teacher for over 20 years in New York state. He's been a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 5 years and a Minecraft Global Mentor for 2 years. He lives with his wife, middle school age daughter, and elementary age son in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.

INSTRUCTOR: Justin Jager

Justin Jager is an online tutor, coding coach and actor, teaching students online, as well as at the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Justin graduated from University of Connecticut and has been playing Minecraft since he was young. He’s excited to bring his knowledge and passion to Bright & Quirky!

INSTRUCTOR: Ava Sharifi

Ava Sharifi is a recent Political Science graduate from the University of Washington and progressive youth activist. From a young age, she has been passionate about politics, law, activism, and academia. She has also been deeply involved with speech and debate competitions, consistently ranking top three in Washington state four years in a row.

"This class has been a great source of creativity for my son, where he’s surprisingly learning to be more vocal in a peer-to-peer format. He has gained confidence whereas he has typically had a phobia of being on screen, and anxiety with sharing. It’s been transforming for him."

— Parent of a Minecraft Build & Share Student