In order to expose students to competitions that help them in their educational development focused on energy efficiency, the Puerto Rico Department of Education (DEPR) joined Microsoft Puerto Rico for the competition Microsoft Minecraft Education Challenge 2023. It is a contest where students of 5to at 12mo grade will be able to propose creative solutions to real problems using the educational version of the renowned open-world creative sandbox-style video game.
This year the contest will pose the challenge of proposing an efficient electricity supply and consumption system for your city, as well as designing it in Minecraft Education. Those interested have until April 18 to complete the registration, which must be completed by an adult. The competition is free of charge, individual and voluntary. For registration and information you can access: https://bit.ly/MinecraftEducation2023.
Therefore, with the aim of generating awareness among students, this contest will invite them to use Minecraft Education Flip to develop a city with a sustainable future, capable of monitoring its consumption of non-renewable energy and innovating in the use of renewable sources, in line with the United Nations Development Goals.
Based on the criteria of originality/creativity, skills development, use of tools, reading comprehension, and presentation of the project, the selection committee will choose the semifinalists, who will present to the evaluation committee virtually. During the final round, 3 winning projects will be selected for each category.
“For us it is important to offer students different experiences that allow them to develop. We find this opportunity unique and interesting and we encourage student participation. A fundamental part of living in a community is creating spaces for environmental conversation that help us to have friendly and safe ecosystems for everyone. I know the talent and discipline of our students and I am sure that their projects will be of great help to society”, said the Secretary of Education, Eliezer Ramos Parés.
For her part, Carla López, Education Lead for the territory of Puerto Rico, pointed out that, “it is key that we inspire in the youngest the vision of creating a sustainable future that allows the economic, human and environmental development of Puerto Rico. In that sense, Minecraft Education is an ideal tool that will allow them to unleash their creativity and bring us closer to hundreds of potential solutions.
Winners will receive prizes from the renowned technology brand: Logitech. In addition, Microsoft will offer training during the registration phase in order to facilitate the development of the projects.
The prizes for both categories are:
- G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
- G915 TKL Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless LIGHTSPEED Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- FITS True Wireless Gaming Earbuds
- PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse
- PRO KEYBOARD
- G535 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESS GAMING HEADSET
- G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor
- G512 CARBON LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset
In 2021, Puerto Rico emitted 18 million CO2 as a territory according to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA).