Minecraft Innovation Team

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ABOUT THIS SERIES:

Is your Minecraft player chomping at the bit to build cool creations on a private Bright & Quirky server? Students will be coached by Minecraft instructors who understand twice exceptional students. Your child will work cooperatively and collaboratively with other participants on the same Java Minecraft server in 1.5 hour sessions in this 10-week class. Each day they will build different challenges and create unique mini-games to complete together. The innovation team is a fabulous way to make friends through shared interests, learn to work together and compromise, and give and receive feedback while increasing Minecraft skills.

We will do our best to organize breakout groups within each class by age and skill level.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Comfort with basic controls
  • Familiarity with basic building concepts in creative mode
  • Knowledge of rail and Minecart operations
  • Basic understanding of red stone

Generally, if students have played in Java for more than 15 hours, they should be able to handle most of the challenges.

MATERIALS:

  • A computer or tablet with reliable internet and access to Zoom
  • Minecraft Java Edition

Mondays 3:15pm PT

AGES: 8-18

DURATION: September 13 - November 15, 2021

MEETS: Mondays for 90 minutes

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

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

Tuesdays 4:30pm PT

AGES: 8-18

DURATION: September 14 - November 16, 2021

MEETS: Tuesdays for 90 minutes

TIME: 4:30pm Seattle/ 7:30pm New York/ 9:00am Wednesday Sydney

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

Thursdays 9:00am PT

AGES: 8-18

DURATION: September 16 - November 18, 2021

MEETS: Thursdays for 90 minutes

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

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

Thursdays 4:30pm PT

AGES: 8-18

DURATION: September 16 - November 18, 2021

MEETS: Thursdays for 90 minutes

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

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

LEAD 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.

LEAD 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. He also is a Professional Learning Specialist for Insight 2 Execution (i2e). 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.

"We loved having him interact with kids so similar to him in the way he thinks and interacts. And this is one of his favorite subjects, gaming in Minecraft! He was so excited every single day."

 — Parent of a Minecraft Innovation Team Student