School Holiday Activity : Minecraft

School Holiday Activity : Minecraft

Check out this great School Holiday Activity: Minecraft – for all those creative designers.

A MinecraftTM recreation of the Eureka Stockade.

Second event of the Eureka’s 160th Anniversary: 1854 – 2014 Program

Kicking off on September 1, miners and digital designers of MinecraftTM will bring their creativity to the simulated world, as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) calls for a virtual recreation to mark the 160th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.

With over 100 million registered users worldwide, MinecraftTM will be the platform for M.A.D.E’s national competition. It will give Australian users the chance to get imaginative as they build their interpretations of the Stockade, a key event in the development of Australian democracy and national identity.

In partnership with The-Core and Federation University, participants 18 years or under must submit their entries to M.A.D.E by November 1, with the winner receiving their choice of either an apple or android tablet.

Competitors will build their stockades on a custom Minecraft™ server called MADECORE, a digital environment where all competitors can interact, collaborate and build on ideas from one another. The winning model will be the one that builds a fun, creative version of the Eureka Stockade.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) and engaging more kids in Australian history by using gamification,” says Craig Josic, the Co-Founder of The Core.

“The Core believe that gamification and MinecraftTM is the ideal platform for M.A.D.E to launch their MADECORE competition, as part of the 160th Anniversary of Eureka celebrations. It will engage users, promote creativity and tap into the imagination and creativity of young people,” he says.

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said it was a fun way to engage young people in the story of Eureka. “History can be a difficult subject for any age group. Yet this project comfortably combines modern technology and history together.

“The participants will not only understand the Eureka story but shape it in a creative way that reflects their own take on the subject,” Mr Ramsay said.

Three shortlisted entries will be selected and turned into 3D models by Federation University Australia and exhibited at M.A.D.E from December 1-7, while the winner will be announced at M.A.D.E’s Family Fun Fair on December 6.

“Federation University Australia is looking forward to working with M.A.D.E on this exciting project,” Peter Schreiner, Associate Director of Manufacturing, Engineering and Automotive, said.

“I know our staff and students will be able to create some fascinating 3D models from the plans they will be given.”

 

Getting Australia’s youth involved in the history of Australian democracy is an important part of the commemoration, with M.A.D.E immersed in the technology with which young Australians are engaged.

 

“Using innovative software like MinecraftTM is a great way for young people to learn about the history of the Eureka Stockade. The 160th anniversary activities are about a broad reach of interests, age groups and geography,” says M.A.D.E Director, Jane Smith.

 

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M.A.D.E is one of Australia’s newest museums. M.A.D.E commemorates the pivotal role of the Eureka Stockade in shaping Australia’s democracy. This is where a group of largely young people, aged 16 to 27, fought injustice and won some of the first democratic rights in the world. Using state of the art technology and immersive, interactive content, M.A.D.E gets people to contemplate what contemporary democracy means to them today.

 

Please visit www.made.org for more information.

 

M.A.D.E is located on the site of the historic of the Eureka Stockade. This year is the 160th Anniversary on December 3, 1854. There is a five-month program of exciting events.

 

For more information on the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, visit http://www.made.org/WhatsOn/Events/Eureka160th.aspx

 

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