Exploring Architecture in Minecraft


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5th - 9th grade


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Jul 12, 2021 - Jul 16, 2021


10:00am - 4:00pm EDT


Brigid D.


30 students


Sibling Discount

Class Experience

Want to be an architect?

Are you passionate about taking care of the environment?

Love playing Minecraft?

Bring all these things together at MODA’s Exploring Architecture camp.

Camper architects will be commissioned to design and construct buildings in a Minecraft community they create. They’ll be charged with designing a building that serves a specific function, studying the site on which the building will be constructed, and learning about what makes a building “green.” Then they’ll collaborate to brainstorm ideas for a structure that fulfills needs and respects the environment.

Throughout the week, campers will study real-world innovative architectural works, sustainable concepts, and new construction materials and practices. They’ll also have the opportunity to learn the basics of technical drawing as they sketch buildings.

Then, using computer-aided design programs — Minecraft, SketchUp, and Tinkercad — campers will work in teams to design buildings and bring their community to life. As they build, they’ll be challenged to consider a wide variety of variables such as aesthetics, sustainability, construction materials, and user experience. They’ll design the building’s exterior appearance, as well as its interior features, and use Minecraft’s Redstone functionality to provide power and light.

Campers will:

Learn principles of architectural design
Learn about Design and Design Thinking
Learn about “green” buildings and how they are designed and constructed
Develop skills in computer-aided design (CAD) programs
Learn about and practice technical sketching
Learn to use Minecraft as a design tool
Use CAD programs to create simple solids and complex figures
Build empathy through understanding user needs
Develop design and engineering skills
Build skills to improve collaboration in teams
Develop creativity and innovation
Learn how to create design briefs and present them to a client Develop programming skills
Develop collaborative online skills
Create and present projects online
Refine their understanding of architecture and the built environment and its impact on individuals and communities
Learn to use Minecraft as a design tool for exploring and addressing real-world problems
Use the design thinking process as a means of addressing the challenges they face in this course
Refine the human interaction skills used in design thinking, including empathy, teamwork, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing and refining ideas
Improve their coding skills as they learn more refined ways to interact with Minecraft
Develop collaborative online skills
Create and present projects online

Campers will build on the MODA Minecraft server, meaning that participants will be able to continue to access their work and keep collaborating with one another and with others once their camp ends.

Your camper will need to have access to Minecraft Java Edition in order to participate in this camp.Java edition is compatible only with Macs and PCs. Chromebooks, tablets, and phones will not work.

Are you a MODA Member? Email Thomas to receive a discount code for registration. Or become a MODA member at the Friends & Family level or above to receive a 10% discount on all camps

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.


Brooke L.

Jul 14, 2021


Meeting new friends and the variety of challenges.


Different things than just Minecraft.

Exploring Architecture in Minecraft
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Reviews for Museum of Design (MODA)

4.7 out of 5

Based on 77 provider ratings

Grant W.

Jul 31, 2021


Structured activities and the videos.


I feel the instructor did not have a great handle on motivating or redirecting boys in this age group. There was more independent work time and less structured tasks. Also it seemed that the skill level should have been narrowed down to reduce the gap. Students who were more experienced were left waiting around for students who were struggling a large part of the day.

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Tracey B.

Jul 29, 2021


I loved that my son was inspired to create after viewing different cities.


I did not like the links to online gaming. There are a lot of parents who still do not let their children play online games at this age. My son had access to other games not recommended by the instructor as well with the links.

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Laura B.

Jul 28, 2021


Unfortunately, he liked nothing about this class. Sorry!!


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Ronald S.

Jul 22, 2021


I love how I can make games will learning the assets for them


everything is fine I think that if can put more parts in the days it would be better

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About Museum of Design (MODA)

MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta, is the only design museum in the southeastern United States.

Our camps and educational programs teach young designers, ages 8-18, to think creatively while using STEM tools, and to innovate as they take on real-world challenges.

Our camps have been celebrated by Fast Company and other publications!