Using plastic trash (bottle caps, plastic bags, wrappers) that we have collected over the week before the workshop, students will learn the different types and variations of plastic waste that is currently in circulation. Students will learn how to use their plastic trash to create plastic creatures that will be part of a gallery showcase at the end of the workshop. Students will learn how to make a tote bag from a T-shirt that will be used as a collection case for their plastic waste. After choosing their creature, we will build out our creatures over the next 6 weeks. Students with current active Minecraft accounts are encouraged to build a section of the “Plastic Museum” in their worlds. For other students who do not have access to Minecraft, we will focus on literacy, research and presentation skills. These students will build out the written components of our hypothetical plastic museum. There will also be various guest speakers and artists who will be teaching us how to recycle and reuse our plastic waste for practical and artistic purposes. (Gary Duseuk from Precious Plastics NYC, Susan Champeny who is an artist from Hawaii, and fingers crossed, Benjamin Von Wong) We will use discussions, research, and activities in order to apply our knowledge to the creations that we choose to build. Your plastic creations will be a testament to ending the plastic manufacturing industry. We will have a final presentation and gallery showcase at the end of our 6 weeks together through Zoom and/or in person at a library in NYC.
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Students will pick a land, air, and water animal and build a research-informed world sanctuary for their creatures of choice. Students will learn about ecosystems, habitats, and how we can create better designs for animals to thrive instead of zoos and aquariums. A series of documentaries, YouTube videos, books, and articles will be shared with the class as resource materials for their final presentations.
Learn about your heritage, history, and magical architecture! Students will dive into their personal cultural history while learning about how architecture has been impacted by heritage, philosophy, and religion. We will investigate the structural specificities as it pertains to one’s culture, hybrid or otherwise, and learn about different build ideas in Minecraft. By learning about one’s history, one will be able to create a world that is shaped by these artifacts. Students will also learn about food, magical and artistic practices associated with their cultural history. Students will also receive take-home recipe assignments to share with the class where we convert culturally-specific food items into vegan alternatives. Students will create the “best version” of their history as it currently stands using non-violent methodologies to create, collaborate and share aspects of their past with their classmates while learning about practices that have informed our current society.
From a series of randomized writing assignments and theatrical improvisational exercises, students will write a story that changes the ending of a fairytale that takes place in a futuristic alternative world. Students will discover and create new characters that will serve as inspiration for a Minecraft World Build. Each class is both an expansion of their story that they will share with their classmates as well as the acquisition of new Minecraft build knowledge. Students play in Creative Mode.
In partnership with Titties for Change, a Research Hub dedicated to ending plastic production through Utopian Ideas, Independent Thought and The Imagination, students will be asked to create from a space of brave curiosity. Drawing from the study of Permaculture, students will create a joint world through a Multiplayer Minecraft World Build in Survival Mode.