ADST 6/7 - Design Thinking Through Minecraft

Course Overview

This module can be taken at any point in grades 6-7 which is why you will see it offered at each grade level, but please note it is the same module offered at each grade so can only be taken once.

In this eight week module, students will have the opportunity to use their imaginations and design skills to think creatively to solve given problems.

They will explore the design thinking process using the 3D digital environment known as Minecraft.

In each lesson students are given a mission to design a plan to solve a challenge in various Minecraft settings. They will learn to use the steps from the design process to plan, test, improve, and share their finished products.

For the missions, students will:

  • Practice and demonstrate their Minecraft experience in a tutorial before moving on to the other challenges
  • Design and build a 3D maze (powered with redstone) that challenges players to answer questions about digital citizenship.
  • Be inspired to create an invention focusing on a problem to solve, and share the invention and its purpose at the World Expo in Minecraft.
  • Investigate how the concept of slope affects the making of a roller coaster.
  • Think creatively to save a village from an erupting volcano.
  • Devise a plan, in a futuristic setting, to fuel a rocket to “escape from Everest”, all while learning to balance environmental concerns with the demands of technological progress.

Although Minecraft is the technology students will be using, this is not a course on how to play Minecraft. However, if a student is new to Minecraft, this module does include tutorials for beginners or those that need refreshers.


Time Commitment:

This course consists of 7 lessons. Lessons 1 and 2 can be done in a week. Lessons 3, 4, and 5 take one week each. While lessons 6, and 7 may take 2 weeks each.


Students are required to read the missions contained within the course content, download the Word document assignments and type in responses and include screen shots in the documents, then upload their assignments within Moodle. Students need to have Minecraft purchased for their computers. Without a Minecraft account, completion of this program is not possible.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment Options

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