We would like to thank the Vale and Downland Museum for inviting us to participate in the Heritage Day. We have been asked to accept the challenge of building the Museum venue in Minecraft so you will see the results on our YouTube shortly!
Thank you so much to all our old and new friends who came to say hi at our stall in Wantage today. We had so much fun! We would like to send a big hug to Linda for her help at the stall and to her daughter for the amazing biscuits!
We hope to see you all again soon! Look out for the announcements on this blog.
We had a great time at the Minecon2015 in London and we are still digesting all learnings. In the meantime here is our quick video documentary. Enjoy!
We could not travel with the entire club so here are the highlights!
I have no words to explain how I feel after Minecon2015 (Minecraft Convention – the annual global event for Minecraft fans but also educators, creators and YouTube advocates). Two days of sessions, experiences, news and case studies of how this simple yet superbly open and endless game is and can be used for fun, education, development and civic engagement. Two days in not enough, I am still writing up all the learnings and uploading all session videos, but I can now see why those who play the game are so inspired. It was the fairest, inclusive, fun tech event I have ever been too!
As part of our community outreach we are donating few hours each week to our host – the Butler Centre. Last week children from the centre joined in and also worked on the 3D version of the Elvish Tree of Languages – on a mac, iPhone and iPad. Really good work, everyone!
In our first summer sessions we have worked with two groups (robotics group learned about various types of robots and designed their own in Minecraft; our handwriting group worked on a 3D version of the family tree of Elvsih languages discussing concept of a language and alphabets), but also engaged parents in conversations about online gaming, the usage of Internet and generally technology.
We have also looked at initial steps for our big project – building Wantage in Minecraft. Some of our observers asked me why only just now? Well, the club had to grow together, we are now at the point when we feel we work as a good team, children respect each other and work collaboratively, some established new friendships, others developed new skills that can be utilised for our project too. We want to ensure that building our town in Minecraft is fun but it is also effective.
And as soon as our first part of the town is ready, we will look at expanding, building other areas of our neighbourhood and build in other games, not just Minecraft, into our work.
Exciting times ahead!
Huge congratulations to all our Club Members for their achievements in our spring semester.
I would like to add a special thank you to our Awards Ceremony guests: Annie Harris (Butler Centre manager), Ralph Cobham and John Vandore (Betjeman Park trustees) for their participation.
It is also the time to announce the winners of our Spring Competition:
Betjeman Park Category:
1st place: Bruce
2nd place: James
3rd place: Dawid
Secretary’s Award: Martha
Harry Potter Category:
1st place: Daniel
2nd place: Frank and James
3rd place: Bertie and Millie
Secretary’s Award: Ben
Well done to all our participants, children and grown ups!
We are very happy to announce all entires to our Spring Competition.
Here are the entires for Betjeman Park Category:
Here are the entires for Harry Potter Category:
Good luck Everyone!
This activity is primarily designed for all our Club Members but if you happen to enjoy Betjeman Park this Easter join in and have fun with us!
Download the pdf version of this poster here: EasterEggHunt2015
We are very proud to report that we have teamed up with our local charity – SUDEP – in celebrations of the Purple Day raising awareness around epilepsy. We did so for two reasons – the charity is our local organisation with global impact, so we wanted to help; secondly – one of our club members was diagnosed with epilepsy and we wanted to get more involved in raising awareness around it locally. So we have asked our parents to make something sweet and yummy and joined the SUDEP stall to give away purple tulips. We loved it and we have helped raise £260.90! Well done everyone!