Curriculum


Minecraft Classes



Building Utopia

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.

Who Are You and What Do You Care About?
Week 1

Students will reverse engineer tactics to create the perfect world based on their current understanding of what is not working in society and the world. Guided by our collective definition of Utopia, students will mind-map their ideas before translating them into their Minecraft worlds.

Permaculture and You! Building a Good Place to Live
Week 2

After reading Sustainable Revolution, students will create a permaculture map detailing their design concepts and what they want to see in their gardens. Students will begin building their Homestead designs in Minecraft.

Where is Your Food (Really) Coming From?
Week 3

By discussing how our food is currently delivered to us, where it is coming from, students will examine alternative methods of growing food that does not draw as heavily from Earth’s natural resources as our current method does. Students will build an automatic pumpkin farm as an example of a red-stone contraption that they will be able to use for other vegetable ideas.

W is for Where is the Water!
Week 4

Students will learn different water mechanics and will design and build a system that keeps water free from pollutants. They will incorporate their designs in their Minecraft permaculture farm as well as building a water catchment zone.

Hydroponic Heaven!
Week 5

Video lessons will inform us of the techniques, methods, and design elements that go into creating a hydroponic wall system. We will re-create this in our Minecraft world. Using the permaculture flower, we will return to the foundations of what our world will look like, ensuring that we are incorporating the 7 different aspects of what this means.

Tiny Homes and other Alternative life-style living
Week 6

Students will share their insight on what they value when we discuss community. How will interchanging parts connect? What current systems in our world deplete us and draw energy away from being happy? What are some of your observations about this?

Utopia Planning
Week 7

Now that we have the basics down, how will the different sections of your Utopia interconnect? Railroads? Boating system? Maybe a treetop garden? Does this Utopia have any trash? How did we manage to not make any? What type of materials make up this world without the current pollutants like plastic and styrofoam? If money does not exist, how will people get their resources? We will continue our builds with these questions in mind. Students will learn how to make a light-up dance floor in creative and learn how to shuffle dance over Zoom.

Imaginative Play Time and Trading
Week 8

Now that we have the basics in our Utopia land, we have infinite resources. Now that we have the basics covered, what do you think people will need to stay happy and content? Students will write a construction project challenge on a piece of paper. This challenge must include at least one element that we have built-in previous classes (Hydroponics, Permaculture food system, a cool water source).

Clean Up and Additions
Week 9

Students will spend this class finishing their builds, clarifying concepts, and helping each other come up with ideas if they need extra elements in their worlds. Students should begin thinking about how they would like to present their worlds in weeks 11 and 12.

Creating Signage and Story Development
Week 10

Students should spend this class writing their permaculture + utopia stories. With a focus on reverse-engineering the process, students will create a map for their presentations that will illustrate their creative and design processes.

Presentation Part 1
Week 11

We will spend this class presenting our Utopia. Students will walk us through their worlds, from who they are and what they care about into how their world unfolded.

Presentation Part 2
Week 12

We will spend this class presenting our Utopia. Students will walk us through their worlds, from who they are and what they care about into how their world unfolded.

Amazing Animals

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.

What’s Wrong with Zoos Anyway?
Week 1

Students will learn about the history of zoos, the circus, and the positive and negative aspects of enclosed areas where animals are kept in captivity. What would a solution be instead of zoos and Aquariums?

What’s Wrong with Aquariums Anyway?
Week 2

Students will learn about the history of aquariums, SeaWorld and the positive and negative aspects of enclosed areas where animals are kept in captivity. What would a solution be instead of aquariums?

What’s in my Make Up?
Week 3

We will learn about animal testing in the cosmetics industry and build out our first sanctuary for our water-based friends.

What’s in my Food?
Week 4

Students will research ingredients of a food item from their school or in the grocery store. We will uncover the myth behind the Food Pyramid and start the build for our land animals.

Alkaline Eating
Week 5

Students will learn about the benefits of Alkaline Eating and the history of Doctor Sebi. Students should have their water sanctuaries completed.

How Veganism will Change Everything
Week 6

Students will read and watch resource guides that present both arguments that are for and against veganism. Students will uncover their own opinions about what think and will design an arena that allows for both perspectives to co-exist.

Museum of Memories
Week 7

Students will pick an animal that is extinct and create a sanctuary around their choice.

Land Lovers!
Week 8

Students will pick a land animal that is facing extinction that a sanctuary will be created in honor of them. What makes these animals so special and how did they become extinct?

Air Animals!
Week 9

Students will pick an air animal that is facing extinction that a sanctuary will be created in honor of them. What makes these animals so special and how did they become extinct?

Water Wonders
Week 10

Students will pick a water animal that is facing extinction that a sanctuary will be created in honor of them. What makes these animals so special and how did they become extinct?

Clean up and Advance Build Exercises
Week 11

Students will spend this class finishing their builds, clarifying concepts, and helping each other come up with ideas if they need extra elements in their worlds. Students should begin thinking about how they would like to present their worlds in the following week.

Presentations!
Week 12

Students will showcase their work to their friends and family. A 30-minute discussion about alternatives to zoos and aquariums will be held.

Advanced Architecture

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.

Building our Past, Today.
Week 1

Through our investigations of construction and architecture, students will be able to know the names and functionality of 5 parts of a house, castles, or other building that they are interested in creating.

Recreation Through Time
Week 2

From the research gathered, students are encouraged to re-create a historical moment in time that speaks to “The Ineffable”. Students are asked to write a reflective passage on the aesthetic impressions of that time period and its effect on modern society.

Historical Food: Re-exploring Love through Vegan Gluten Free Alternatives
Week 3

Students will pick a dish of their chosen culture and replace the ingredients with a vegan gluten-free alternative and discuss the traits of what “a more loving environment” feels and looks like. In Minecraft, students will grow a permaculture garden that supports a flourishing balanced ecosystem.

Cultural Holidays: What Are They Really About?
Week 4

Bring the food you just made to a garden-themed potluck! Students are encouraged to make and bring the alternative vegan gluten-free dish to class. While building our virtual worlds, students are asked to share their impressions of existence and evolution while building a monument that commemorates an aspect of a cultural holiday they chose to explore.

Cultural Invention: All the Things
Week 5

Who is responsible for speakers? Who made the calculator? What about the electric kettle? Students are asked to find an invention created by someone either from their cultural heritage or who shares a similar ethnic lineage. Students are encouraged to build a spiritually-centered response to their observations.

Re-Designing Food Justice through Astrology
Week 6

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of the Farmers Almanac where Farmers used the study of astrology to guide their harvest rituals and seed schedule.

Design a place of worship
Week 7

Where do people of similar cultures worship? Students will spend some time on Architectural research before creating their version in Minecraft. Students will find their birth chart and read excerpts from The Gene Keys by Richard Rudd.

Alternative Transportation and “The How?”
Week 8

Given the current advances in technology, students will create hybrid systems that allow for free public transportation. By investigating labor practices and energy renewal resources, a hypothetical solution to travel and accessibility will be discussed and shared while students build their solutions in Minecraft.

Other Wonders of the World
Week 9

Students will explore historical landmarks of their culture and design a futuristic interpretation of those builds using advanced red-stone techniques. Students will be expected to teach a portion of this class.

Home Sweet Home
Week 10

From the last 10 weeks of discovery, research, and planning, students will spend this class crafting the most ideal home for themselves while incorporating aspects and Minecraft builds gained from the previous weeks.

Architects Unite! Student Presentations
Week 12

Students will present their worlds as if they were hired by a galactic federation of wizards and will have to present their worlds as such. 20 minute Q&A session at the end where friends and family and inquire further into their creations.

Architects Unite! Building Trash.
Week 12

Students will build a section of their creations from waste material. What will happen to all the plastic once it’s out of the ocean?

Interactive Stories: The Adventure Arena

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.

Random Creations: Writing from the Unknown
Week 1

Students will investigate a fairy tale of their choosing and based on, their character traits, develop a handful of characters whose world they will collectively build in multiplayer. Through research, discussion and free, associative writing, students will craft their protagonist, build a backstory and the preliminary structures for their characters in Minecraft. eg: frog and princess in a futuristic Dubai.

Waterfalls: An Adventure for the Antagonist!
Week 2

Drawing from a word bank exercise, students will craft a backstory for their antagonist. Students will study the natural waterfalls and incorporate the research into their stories while developing a story arch for their antagonist.

OBSTACALES: Collective Unity!
Week 3

Every third class, students will be given a specific hiccup in their story that might alter their builds, narrative, and world entirely. The class is asked to work together to solve this life-threatening event.

Volcanoes + Conflicting Desires
Week 4

Students will learn about the geology behind volcanoes while crafting points of conflict between their antagonist and protagonist. Playwriting and some acting are required. Students must be able to access and use google documents.

Weeding out the Weeds: Compromise and Friendship
Week 5

Students will recall a time when they experienced conflict. We will study some global conflicts and find hypothetical solutions to these scenarios. Using improv exercises of a two-person shared story, students will learn how to negotiate conditions that lead the characters towards a solution. Students will build a commemoration build to honor the conflict that has been resolved.

OBSTACLES: Silent Mazes!
Week 6

The world is under siege by the “Complicated Noise Monster” and now every protagonist needs to hide in a maze – but what maze? Who will make it? How will we communicate without sound? (This class is conducted in complete silence except for the instructor who will serve as “dungeon master”).

Story MixUp: Nonsequitors + Who are You Again?
Week 7

Students will create a non”random” character that might shift or drastically change the story arc so far. Who is this random character and what do they want? Students will learn about non-sequitors and read a few pages of “Waiting for Godot”.

Absurdity! Thy name is Alice!
Week 8

Through a narrative examination of “Alice in Wonderland”, students will study narrative elements within the story that create “surprise elements”. Students can either pick a character from “Alice in Wonderland”, “Waiting for Godot” or another story of their choosing as additional characters to their current unfolding tale.

OBSTACALES! Mini Challenge!
Week 9

Students will be invited to create a mini-obstacle for each other that falls under our current understanding of “non-sequitors”. Students will also have time to work on their Minecraft builds and flesh out their stories.

It’s A Wrap!: An introduction to Burritos, Sushi and Caribbean Roti
Week 10

Students will learn about the history of burritos, sushi, and Caribbean roti. Students will build a commemoration statue that speaks to their love for a specific type of food that they would like to incorporate into their story.

Clean up + Presentation Part One
Week 11

Students from group one will present and direct their stories to their classmates, friends and families. There will be a 20-minute Q+A session at the end.

Clean up + Presentations Part Two
Week 12

The second group will present and direct their final presentations. There will be a 20-minute Q+A session at the end.