A journey into creativity with Creatubbles and Minecraft

By | 2017-08-17T22:49:54+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|For creators, For parents, For teachers, Minecraft initiatives|0 Comments

It’s early August and school has been out for awhile. I look back at the great experience we had promoting a global campaign in Allumiere, our small school. Our aim was to involve foreign schools, and those several kilometers away, by showcasing artwork they made in their classes.

The student’s task was to create art (focusing on notable landmarks from the places they live) to share with others on different continents, hemispheres or patches of volcanic earth surrounded by ocean. I remember the surprised looks on the faces of my wide-eyed students when I read the greeting from an email I received from abroad: “Aloha from Hawaii!”

We used Minecraft, a game about placing blocks and going on adventures and Creatubbles, the safe global community for creators of all ages.

Summer passed peacefully, especially while living on the beautiful surroundings of the H-Farm estate. There, days were spent studying coding and developing creativity through Minecraft. Again, kids enjoyed creating physical objects and placing them in the Minecraft world. Once the objects were in Minecraft, the kids were able to further customize their virtual creations.

This time around, we used Minecraft and Creatubbled Mod.

Almost mid-August, I received another email. The Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV sponsored a children’s event, promoted by the Waseda University in Tokyo. This new event focused on bringing awareness to art, using Minecraft.

Minecraft and Creatubbles Mod, warm up your engines!

kids sharing their artworks by marcovigelini (Italy)

kids sharing their artworks by marcovigelini (Italy)

The next day, I found myself in a Minecraft world with Professor Junichiro Kobayashi and the CEO of Creatubbles, Paul Greenberg. We put the ideas we came up with in less than 24 hours into practice.

The event began 10 days after I received the email. Alongside us were a couple of Australian educators, their students, and the Israeli group Games for Peace, who promote dialogues between different cultures through play.

We began at 3:30pm in Japan, 4:30pm in Australia, 9:30am in Israel, 8:30am in Italy and unfortunately for Jason Wilmot (the author of the video summary of the event) connected from Nebraska at 1:30am.

We were welcomed by many Japanese kids through Skype. My own children, Benedetta and Andrea, along with teacher Alisia greeted with, “Ohaya min’na” or “Good Morning.”

The kids were enthusiastic to showcase their work! Once connected, we moved into a virtual representation of the Louvre Museum, with bare walls waiting to be filled with the participants’ works. After setting the framework, we placed a Minecraft sign with the name of the artist and a description of their work. Artists were able to visit and admire each other’s exhibits.

Mario and the Flags Tower by marcovigelini (Italy)

Mario and the Flags Tower by marcovigelini (Italy)

With the help of Alisia, outside the Louvre, we created an international tower with many flags from around the world. Benedetta and Andrea build a huge Pixel Art Super Mario, a true Japanese icon recently used by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to introduce the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

A video is worth more than a thousand words.

There is no limit to kids’ creativity with Minecraft and Creatubbles Mod!

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As the promoter of CoderDojo's free programming workshops in Italy, Marco has introduced a number of projects involving "creative computing" and tinkering in primary school classes. Since last year he has been using Minecraft as a tool to support teaching.