Choose from two Minecraft competitions: One for teachers; one for students

(Last Updated On: July 31, 2020)

Get your thinking caps on and your blocks on the move. Our Minecraft competition is back (a little sooner than we expected) … and with a twist.

We’ve teamed up with Microsoft and MOTAT to bring you TWO awesome Minecraft Education Edition competitions:

  • Students – Your challenge is ‘Build a Better Future’. We want you to use your knowledge, skills and imagination to come up with a creation in Minecraft Education Edition that helps to save and protect our environment. This could be any number of things – maybe improving sustainability, reducing pollution or tackling climate change – the choice is yours! Once you’re done, record a video showing how it works.
  • Teachers – We know you’re doing awesome things with Minecraft Education Edition – so we want to recognise this. In a new category, we want you to create a lesson plan showing us how.

Students choose from three age categories:

  • Primary (Years 1-6)
  • Intermediate (Years 7-8)
  • Secondary (Years 9+)

Minecraft:Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition (  is an educational version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. It’s a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum.

Minecraft Education Edition is available free to classrooms in New Zealand, as part of Microsoft’s Schools Agreement that provides resources such as Minecraft Education Edition to every State and State-Integrated school.

Ngā Motu (The Islands)

Visit Ngā Motu (The Islands) and learn about the indigenous language, culture and people of Aotearoa. Developed by Coromandel-based designer and founder of Piki Studios, Whetu Paitai, this unique world in Minecraft: Education Edition gives players a taste of what life was like in a traditional Māori pā. Check it out here. And feel free to use it in your competition entry.

PLD for teachers to use Minecraft Education Edition

Microsoft is supporting training partners to run free Minecraft Education Edition training across the country. Find out more and book your place at

Win fantastic prizes

Each category winner will receive a great prize … and bragging rights as the best Minecrafters in New Zealand!

For teachers, the overall winner will receive a HP Probook X360 for their school classroom; the runner-up will get an action camera.

For students, the overall winner will receive an Acer TravelMateB118 Notebook for their school classroom. There’s also a prize for each category winner: Meccano Meccanoid G15 (Primary); Meccano Meccasaur (Intermediate); and Meccano Super Construction Set (Secondary). And the runner-up in each category receives an action camera.

This is the seventh year we’ve run a Minecraft competition for students. It’s proved incredibly popular and we’ve received some fantastic entries … and we’re hoping for even better things this time! As for teachers, this is the inaugural year. We can;t wait to see what you’re doing!

Entries have now closed. Thanks to everyone who took part. The results will be announced in the August issue of INTERFACE.



Choose the appropriate category below for further details and entry forms.

Thank you and good luck from INTERFACE, Microsoft and MOTAT


Teacher: Create a Minecraft Lesson Plan

Student: Build a Better Future in Minecraft

If you have any questions about entering, please contact Greg Adams, INTERFACE Editor, at

INTERFACE Minecraft Competition 2019

Check out last year’s results and winners.

PLEASE NOTE: This competition is open only to educators and students at New Zealand schools, and is subject to our terms and conditions (

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