Minecraft Global Challenge (for parents, teachers and guardians)

By | 2017-08-22T20:28:46+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Minecraft initiatives|2 Comments

Know any kids who love Minecraft? Then check out this great initiative launched by two US educators (Matt & Laura Grundler) and their 9-year-old son Owen. It’s a great way for kids to learn the game, show off their existing skills, and connect with other young Minecraft fans around the world in a safe environment. From novice level to expert, all are welcome, and beware, the challenges will get harder every week. Owen would like to know which country has the most Minecraft fans and will do a ranking at the end of the month, so be sure to share this challenge with everyone you know! Let’s see which country can get the most uploads!

Read Team Grundlers blog below.

January is for trying something new! A time when we get the opportunity for a fresh beginning, a chance to change, fix up, or reinvent. So in this month’s #K12ArtChallenge we’ll pass the baton onto our son, Owen. He’s quite the creator when it comes to Minecraft. So we thought we’d harness his passion for creation by encouraging others to experience the joy he gets from digital building. Owen has already created his “Awesome iPad Art” Creatubbles gallery and wants get more kids involved in sharing & producing digital artwork as a community.

In order to help facilitate his mission, we worked together to develop some challenges for the month of January (one per week).  Even novice builders can take part, as we’ll start by building something very easy, and then move onto things that are a little more difficult. The Minecraft Global Challenge is open to anyone that wants to create and learn within the game.  We hope that, as teachers, parents and creative role models, you will encourage the children you inspire to take part.  Owen will be sharing video blogs throughout the challenge, and hopes that you and your students will have fun coming up with amazing creations. To get involved, simply take screenshots of your Minecraft build and share them with us on the Creatubbles.com Minecraft gallery and via the tag #k12ArtChallenge on Twitter.


Challenge week #1 –  Create an everyday structure, such as a shelter that would include doors, windows and a roof.  
Challenge week #2 – Create a path for transportation. (e.g. Roads, Bridges, Train tracks)
Challenge week #3 – Create an automatic system. (e.g. A switch or button to activate something.)
Challenge week #4 – Create a world and share with someone you know, to build collaboratively together.

Wishing You Creativity,

How to take part

  1. Taking part is easy! First set up a free Creatubbles account for your Minecrafter (they can create one themselves if over 13). If you are a teacher, you can find out how to create multiple accounts for your students here.
  2. Your Minecrafter(s) are encouraged to design or draw an avatar and customise their Creatubbles profile.
  3. Tackle a challenge. This can be in creative mode or survival mode depending on your Minecrafter’s experience.
  4. Take a screenshot of what has been created and upload it to this gallery. You can find out how to take screenshots here.
  5. Encourage young creators to leave a text or audio message describing what they have built.
  6. Don’t forget to check out the other work in the gallery and leave the creator comments or questions!

Young Minecrafters can find more instructions here.


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Laura Grundler (www.grundlerart.com / @GrundlerArt)Laura began college as an undeclared major and quickly discovered a desire to combine her artistic passion with leadership endeavors. After teaching middle school art, high school art and working as an assistant principal, she has moved into the role of district Visual Arts Coordinator. Her passions for art, education and leadership continue to collide as she leads the district's outstanding visual arts teachers successfully instruct student artists./ Matthew Grundler (@Artguy76)Matt took a slightly different path, majoring in graphic design and working in that field for the first few years of his career; however after finding the commercial side of design to be unsatisfying he was persuaded by his family to seek alternative certification, where he soon found his niche as a K-5 Art teacher. Matt found a home at Brinker Elementary where he connects with the community and feels he helps students discover a life-long love of art.