Thursday was the last chance for the Orienteering Quest with this Exploratory group. Strangely, I was excited and nervous about how it would go; it’s only 30 minutes out of my week. Would it be a “3rd strike; You’re out!” or “3rd time’s a charm.”
Success! 3rd time’s a charm! The kids appeared in the reinforced spawn site, all fluttering about. This was the first time they were all gathered together at the spawn site long enough to take a screenshot and without cleverly figuring out some way to escape. Aren’t they a good-looking group!
Some of my favorite quotes from the activity: “We have to take a screenshot eating apples.” “We won! Do we get candy?” “A 10!” One student’s response to my asking him to rate the activity on a scale 1 to 10.
Please read on. I promise you will dig this.
Once the screenshot was taking, the redstone lever was switched, and the kids bustled their way down the spiral staircase to the lower platform. Students in color coded teams of 3 to 5 grabbed their compasses from their team chest and ran off with each other in four directions in search of their treasure. The winning group exhibited teamwork via good communication and listening. Other students became separated from their group and lost. No doubt orienteering in Minecraft has great potential to foster teamwork, communication and problem solving skills. I think I will be doing more of this kind of activity. It was so much fun to watch. Below are some more screenshots and some short videos.