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  • Portage College
  • November 4, 2022
  • Friday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Minecraft for Education – Building sustainable St. Paul

Friday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
November 4, 2022

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Minecraft for Education – Building sustainable St. Paul

Friday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
November 4, 2022

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In 6 workshops, The Sustainable St. Paul Project explores a wide range of issues, including the components of a sustainable home, managing waste products, clean electricity generation, responsible forestry, and more. We’re hoping that students will gain the skills to look around them and realize that the fight against climate change and habitat loss isn’t impossible—building a sustainable future actually empowers the economy and quality of life!

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Sustainable Home with a build challenge

Explore a home that has been built using sustainable materials and includes certain items to help with efficiency. Students will make connections with other areas of the city where materials come from. After learning these concepts, students will be asked to create a sustainable home in the virtual St. Paul.

Sustainable Home with a build challenge

Students begin their exploration at a hydropower plant, learning how it works from friendly non-player characters. Once they‘ve passed through the plant, they climb a ladder to explore wind power and even have a chance to restart one of the turbines for the plant’s workers! Finally, learners hop into a minecart to travel the power lines and see how the plant powers the entire city.

Sustainable Food Production with a build challenge 

Beginning at the town’s grocery store and ending at a honey stand, students explore sustainable practices for every step of food production. By visiting a farm, a waste facility, and a recycling plant, they’ll learn that the food they purchase is made up of multiple products and services, and each should be sustainable.

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Wastewater Treatment Plant

In this workshop, students will learn about the mysterious world of water treatment and what happens to water outflow. They’ll discover how water gets from their drains to the treatment plant, how biosolids contribute to fertilizer, and how treated water returns to their homes.

Recycling Center
Learn about how a recycling center works

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