Minecraft Build Challenge: Photosynthesis and Respiration

I have found that Minecraft, as an educational tool, is very effective in helping students understand science concepts. When students are tasked with a “Minecraft Build Challenge” in my classroom, they are required to demonstrate modeling skills, solve problems, practice engineering principles, and have fun. Though the ‘fun’ part is what the students see first, […]

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Minecraft Build challenge: Change in species over time

I have found that Minecraft, as an educational tool, is very effective in helping students understand science concepts. When students are tasked with a “Minecraft Build Challenge” in my classroom, they are required to demonstrate modeling skills, solve problems, practice engineering principles, and have fun. Though the ‘fun’ part is what the students see first, […]

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Cells are Cool! Gun Cells

As a seventh grade science teacher, one of my least favorite things to hear from students is, “why do I have to learn this?” Usually this phrase is said with a tone of voice that hints at boredom. One of the major units this phrase pops up most is ‘cells’. In biology, cells are the […]

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