Museum of Design (MODA)

Museum of Design (MODA)

Minecraft: Engineering for the Environment


Museum of Design (MODA)


5th - 9th grade


Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Jun 1, 2021 - Jun 4, 2021


10:00am - 4:00pm EDT


Online via Zoom


Moda E.


30 students


Sibling Discount

Class Experience

The MODA Minecraft week with animals!

Minecraft is famous for its beautiful biomes and cool creatures. This camp empowers young people to use engineering and design to seek solutions to their key environmental concerns.

Campers will learn about designers, engineers, and scientists who are creating innovative designs to solve climate and environmental challenges.

They’ll also collaborate to design Minecraft biomes that address real-world challenges like saving coral reefs, cleaning the ocean, preserving ecosystems, and protecting endangered species.

Participants will explore biomimicry as a design process and create a community based on investigations of favorite plants and animals. They’ll also create digital art projects that bring awareness to key environmental concerns.

Throughout the week, participants will learn to think like designers. Daily challenges will incorporate and build on mindsets used by designers and engineers.

Campers will:

Learn about Design and Design Thinking
Learn about the histories of farming and agriculture in fun, constructive ways
Learn about biomimicry and biophilia
Combine biophilic and the design process to create sustainable structures and experiences
Learn about challenges to the environment and solutions people of all backgrounds are designing to solve for them
Learn to use Minecraft as a CAD tool
Learn and practice coding in Minecraft
Practice key parts of the architectural design process
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 cotinue 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.