Minecraft: Education Edition announces Global Build Championship, new lessons on racial equity and history

Minecraft Education Edition Global Build Championship
Minecraft Education Edition Global Build Championship (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Education Edition adds new tools and education-focused features on top of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.
  • It's a powerful tool for educators and children, and announced its Global Build Championship at Minecraft Live.
  • Students would work together in teams of one to three to build sustainable environments for humans and animals to co-exist, and can be registered by their educators to win the Championship.
  • Minecraft: Education Edition is also planning a new lesson category focusing on the exploration of racial equity, history, and social justice movements.

Minecraft Live will be chock full of news about the entirety of the Minecraft universe, including Minecraft Dungeons, but an area that has been increasingly important for Mojang Studios is Minecraft's place in education. Minecraft: Education Edition has proven itself to be a powerful asset for educators all around the world, with thousands of lessons in a number of subjects and a combination of tools and functions that encourage collaboration, creative thinking, and more.

With more students than ever learning remotely, Minecraft: Education Edition is even more important, and students and parents seem to agree, as the free Education Collection content in the Minecraft Marketplace has since accumulated over 63 million downloads, a truly impressive figure. Minecraft: Education Edition continues to add new lessons from educators, and learners continue to accomplish incredible things inside the educational tool disguised as a video game, but Mojang Studios took some time at Minecraft Live to announce some new things for Minecraft: Education Edition.

Source: Mojang Studios (Image credit: Source: Mojang Studios)

First, Minecraft: Education Edition will be home to the Global Build Championship, a new endeavor in which educators can register their students or learners in teams of one to three, and will be Minecraft: Education Edition's first international design competition. In it, teams will work together to intelligently and thoughtfully design spaces that support a healthy simultaneous existence for humans and animals together, in a variety of environments. If you're an educator that's interested in this for your students or learners, you can register your teams on the Minecraft: Education Edition website. Submissions for the Championship will be due November 6, 2020, and the winners will be announced December 4, 2020.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, but teams will also have a chance to win Minecraft-related prizes for successfully collaborating and completing their objective.

Minecraft: Education Edition is also launching a new lesson category known as "Equity and Inclusion," debuting with the "Good Trouble: Social Justice Movements Around the World" lesson plan, created in partnership with Felisa Ford, Ken Shelton, and Natasha Rachell, educators from the Atlanta Public School District and Los Angeles. The map "Good Trouble" aims to take learners and students on a journey through history, as they explore social justice movements all across the world and time, learning about historical civil rights movements and the leaders that headed them. The teachings are based on the wise words of activist and US Congressman, the late John Lewis.

The "Good Trouble" world is coming soon, and more lessons using the world will be released later this year.



Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.