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Next the children worked in teams to construct a stadium venue. It had to contain features they found in their photographs. As well as the stadium there had to be some kind of connection to other structures - a road, railway, bridge or tunnel.
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Each child chose their sport and group members. The "world" was created in advance and a "host" (i.e. a responsible child familiar with minecraft) appointed by the teacher. Their job was to manage the team members' construction projects within the "world".
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There were just a few rules. No sporting events were to be duplicated within a world; no Minecraft weapons were to be drawn (unless an indigenous animal indigenous to the world strayed onto the building site and endangered competitors, officials or media commentators).
Other rules were too tantalising to leave alone: no spawning unfriendly creatures, no blowing up what other teams were creating, no spawning villagers. (You have to know minecraft to know how disruptive extra villagers can be, let alone the odd stray Endoman.
This project involved (among key skills) measurement, design, incorporating the research data into the final construction.
The class was given a set of Success Criteria. And they were away.