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Metrocraft - Create & Learn in a Virtual World

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Students learn economics, civics, geometry, history and technology as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft world. Minecraft is a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss and supply and demand. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create and vote on a city constitution of laws. Students use mathematics and geometry to construct a working urban environment. STEM skills have never been so fun!

Instructor: Right Brain Curriculum offers engaging, project-based learning programs for after-school centers, camps and schools. Each program is a complete curriculum package ready to excite and engage your students.

Metrocraft 1 Program Outline:
Week 1: Introduction
Background Info: Powerpoint: Welcome to Our City!, Powerpoint: How Cities Get Their Names
Activity: Let's Plan the Construction of Your House, Your Housing Budget
Skills: Budgeting
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on the City Name Nominees

Week 2: Your Business
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Your Business Plan"
Activity: Continue Constructing Your House, Business Plans
Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & Demand
City Council Debate & Vote: Gas Cars, Electric Cars or No Cars at All!

Week 3: Our City Flag
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Flag Meanings and Symbols"
Activity: Constructing your Business, Creating Your City Flag Nominee
Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & Demand
City Council Debate & Vote: A Letter from a Concerned Citizen, A Fire Station Solution

Week 4: City Buildings and City Planning
Background Info: Powerpoint: "What's First?: Planning Our Most Important City Buildings!", Powerpoint: "Marketing Your Business"
Activity: Creating City Building Blueprints, Creating Business Commercials
Skills: City building budgeting
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Constitution Plans

Week 5: Our City Constitution
Background Info: Powerpoint: "Let's Create a Constitution of Laws!"
Activity: Writing Our Constitution, Finishing Our Businesses, Finishing Flags, Giving out Shopper Points
Skills: Perimeter and Area, Critical Thinking and Writing as we create the laws of our constitutions
City Council Debate & Vote: Official flag vote

Week 6: The Tax Question and Wrapping Up Session One
Background Info: Powerpoint: "The Future of Cities," "Taxes: Why Do We Have Them?"
Activity: Finishing up your Business and City Buildings, Capturing Your City
Skills: Analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of taxes
City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on Tax Plans

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