Minecraft Tournaments Come to The Digital Arts Experience Westchester County, NY – Nov. 20th, 2013
Written by Cristina Calabrese, Director of Operations and founding member at The Digital Arts Experience
Millions of kids and teens are currently obsessed with a video game called Minecraft. But with the stigma that comes with most video games, does that mean your kids are in trouble?
Our simple answer: no.
According to a recent article in the New York Times entitled, “Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool”, writer Nick Bilton goes on to say,
…like the name suggests, the goal of the game is to craft, or build, structures in these 16-bit worlds, and figuring things out on your own is a big part of it. And parents, it’s not terribly violent. Sure, you can kill a few zombies while playing in the game’s “survival mode.” But in its “creative mode,” Minecraft is about building, exploration, creativity and even collaboration.
This past weekend, The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, NY held its inaugural Minecraft build-off tournament for kids ages 9-12. Overwhelmed by the response, the event ended up overbooking with several kids on the waiting list.
These kids needed absolutely no direction. Not one kid sat there, stumped and said, “I don’t know what to build”. The creations and structures they built were astonishing. Treehouses suspended in the air, a lighthouse with a self-replenishing cafe, a rocket ship, a greenhouse. The detail and craftsmanship was just incredible.
Bilton goes on to say,
…a school in Stockholm made Minecraft compulsory for 13-year-old students. “They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,” said Monica Ekman, a teacher at the Viktor Rydberg school.
The Digital Arts Experience has been looking for ways to engage kids using exciting, cutting-edge technologies. These Minecraft Tournaments spark creativity, critical thinking, application of the resources around them, quick problem solving and innovation.
As a result, The DAE is proud to announce the next date for its Minecraft Tournament:
SATURDAY, January 11, 2014
AGES 9-12: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
AGES 13-16: 3:30PM – 5:30PM
170 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 100
White Plains, NY 10601