Museum of Design (MODA)

Museum of Design (MODA)

Exploring Architecture in Minecraft


Museum of Design (MODA)


5th - 9th grade


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Jun 7, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021


10:00am - 4:00pm EDT


Online via Zoom


Moda E.


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.