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Elementary students tackle district's Minecraft Build Challenge

FCPS students in grades 3 through 5 competed in the district's first Minecraft Build Challenge. The goal was to create a system that converted energy from one form to another and to record a three-minute build tour video explaining the science behind the build and its function. Students had a template world with examples and materials to build their own. After judging, students voted anonymously on the top five entries. Congratulations to all! 

Top honors went to fourth grader Eli Garcia Caricio of Garden Springs Elementary. Check out Eli’s video.

Third grade winners

  • 1st place – Oliver Gerken of Glendover
  • 2nd place – Andrew Kelly of Stonewall 

Fourth grade

  • Overall winner – Eli Garcia Caricio of Garden Springs
  • 1st place – Ava Palmer of Russell Cave
  • 2nd place – Moiz Raza of Garden Springs
  • 3rd place – Daniel O’Hara of Stonewall 

Fifth grade

  • 1st place – Alexandria Hazelwood of Tates Creek
  • 2nd place – Kyler Besten of Ashland
  • 3rd place – Ivy Stephens of Ashland 

The overall winner received a gold master trophy and a wireless mouse, and the first-place winners got a silver trophy and mouse. The rest received medals. Shad Lacefield, a teacher at Garden Springs Elementary, inspired this Minecraft competition. Participation was optional for students.

(Photo illustrations provided by Ashley Faulkner) 

Contact: Ashley Faulkner, district STEM learning coach, (859) 381-4150

(Posted Jan. 12, 2022)