Written by Steve Mowat

July 21, 2020

Our Minecraft world and education activities are an immersive and engaging approach for everyone to learn what biodiversity is, what means to us and what we can do to protect its future.

The new interactive curriculum now available for all Minecraft: Education Edition users, called Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis. This content pack includes three standards-aligned lesson plans and a purpose-built Minecraft world from the creative minds of Naturebytes, a UK-based collective of technologists and conservation scientists.

Ride a rollercoaster through different eras, meet scientists and conservationists, conduct research about climate change and ecosystems use our educational resources, and work collaboratively to build creative solutions to counteract threats to biodiversity.


The Three Challenges:

  1. Tour through time from the Ice Age to present day
    The immersive world presented as part of Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis is designed so that even teachers new to using Minecraft: Education Edition can get started quickly and easily. Take a rollercoaster journey through time to visit charismatic extinct species, investigate the causes of their extinction, learn about the importance of biodiversity and how it has shaped the world in which we live.
  2. Learn about extinction, climate change, and ecosystems
    Explore core concepts related to biodiversity, then apply knowledge to five threatened species biomes from around the world including the Philippine Eagle, Bison, Hawksbill Turtle, Snow Leopard, and Orangutan.
  3. Teach students the importance of biodiversity and build towards a better future
    Learn about the value, threats, and sustainable species management before building an Orangutan reserve to benefit the people, profit and planet. Players will also learn about the threats to biodiversity currently contributing to its global decline and experience how their decisions today can have an important impact on the world.

This Biodiversity content pack is available for all Minecraft: Education Edition supported platforms (Windows, macOS, and iPad). Learn how to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition with the free trial.

You can find all the Minecraft activities from the naturebytes Creative Studio here:

Comment and post to let us know how you found the experience. Enjoy!

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