Western Sydney Airport Minecraft Competition

THE CHALLENGE

Use Minecraft to solve one of six real-world problems (see Questions below), presented as a two-minute narrated video walkthrough hosted on YouTube (Please use unlisted links).

Entries must clearly identify Participating School and submitting teacher. Submission deadline: 5pm Friday, 5 July 2019.

  1. How would you build a sustainable airport?
  2. Could Western Sydney Airport become the most connected place in Australia?
  3. How will an airport of the future operate?
  4. With 8 million people in Sydney (in the future) how should they live? What would their houses be like? How would they move around? Where would they work?
  5. How could the airport – and, in particular, the Aerotropolis – change this? What should form part of it? How can we create 200,000 new jobs in the Western City?
  6. When it opens in 2026 five million passengers each year are expected to use Western Sydney Airport. How would you ensure the usage of the airport grew substantially? Where would visitors stay?

Liverpool City Council and the NSW Department of Education have joined forces to organise an exciting curriculum-aligned learning challenge for Western Sydney primary school students to help design the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and its Aerotropolis in the wildly popular electronic building blocks game of Minecraft..

This is a great opportunity for Stage 3 teachers to combine real-world learning with the latest digital technology in a project that is tightly mapped against curriculum outcomes. All this with online resources and, most importantly, a free one-day workshop run by Minecraft and the Department of Education.

For your students and your school there is $40,000 in prize money up for grabs and as students engage deeply with digital technology and one of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects to be built in Western Sydney.

What will Australia’s newest international Airport and/or Aerotropolis look like? How will people use it and how can it be sustainable? The possibilities for real-life problem solving are limited only by the imagination.

Work has already begun on the Badgerys Creek Site of the Western Sydney International. Stage 3 primary school students will be graduating from high school the year the new Airport and Aerotropolis are operational. They will have opportunities for education advancement and employment in Western Sydney that can only be dreamed of today.

Dalmeny Public School won our 2018 competition with an inventive, well researched and engaging guided tour of their virtual, futuristic concept. View their entry here.

Winning students met the NSW Premier, featured in television news and our success was recognised by Minecraft with the project featured on its Global Education blog, and on the website of the NSW Department of Education.

The 2018 competition was limited to Liverpool area primary schools. This year it will be bigger and better. We’re inviting students from all over Western Sydney to take part. The expanded competition will be open to more than 400 schools, with around 50,000 students eligible to enter.

Professional development days

There will be five professional development days for teachers who will learn the principles of Minecraft from a Microsoft trainer and NSW Department of Education representative.

  • Liverpool Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Parramatta Friday 22 March 2019
  • Campbelltown Friday 29 March 2019
  • Penrith (Kingswood Campus) Friday 5 April 2019
  • Online session Wednesday 27 March 2019

Click here for the Professional development day application form

For more information or any further inquiries please email minecraft@liverpool.nsw.gov.au

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