INTERFACE Minecraft student competition 2017

Welcome to the entry form for the ‘INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2017’.

This year we’ve teamed up with Schoolgen and the challenge is a little bit different. We want students to design in Minecraft the perfect Eco-House – an energy-efficient home that’s friendly to the environment.


There are THREE categories to choose from:

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

This is the fourth year the competition has been running. We’ve received some fantastic entries and we’re hoping for even better things this time! So, get your thinking caps on and your blocks on the move.

How do you put ‘Eco’ into a Home?

So, what are we looking for in the perfect Eco-House? Some of the key elements will be:

  • Low environmental impact: How does it fit with the world around it? We want to see a minimal impact on the environment – both in construction and on-going use.
  • Sustainable: We want to see use of sustainable materials in the construction.
  • Energy-efficiency: How energy efficient in the house? Construct is so that it makes best use of renewable energy resources, for heating and lighting, etc.

Overall, you need to create us a building that’s friendly to the environment around it – and explain why you think it is.


Powered by Genesis Energy, Schoolgen raises awareness of energy efficiency and brings solar energy to schools across New Zealand. For information, ideas and inspiration go to

WIN a Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera

We’ll join with Schoolgen to judge entries and select a winner in each category, who will receive a Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera for their classroom.

PLUS, the top three entries in each category will receive a $50 Prezzy Card for their class.


Choose the category and talk through the requirements with the student(s). Discuss what makes a house eco-friendly and how it can be constructed in Minecraft. Build the entry in Minecraft and record a video of their creation. Complete the entry form below, including an explanation of why the building is eco-friendly.
Entries will be judged equally on:

  • Accuracy and neatness of construction
  • Creativity of the design
  • Complexity of design
  • Appropriate use of materials

All entries require both teacher and student details – incomplete entries will not be accepted. Please submit one form per entry. Entries can be from individuals or groups/classes. For individuals or small groups, enter all names. For large groups or classes, enter a group or class name.You can enter more than one category but you must make a separate entry for each.

Entries close Friday 29 September (end of Term 3). 


Thanks to everyone who has designed an Eco-House for our Minecraft student competition. We look forward to viewing your videos. Entries are now closed.



Check out previous winners

What have others done in the past? For some inspiration why not check out previous years’ winners:

‘Meet our Minecraft Masters for 2016’

‘Meet our magnificent Minecraft creators’ – 2015

Meet our magnificent Minecraft creators

‘Minecraft Maestros’ – 2014

Minecraft Maestros – competition winners

Ayla Heta 19

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