School-gen Minecraft ‘Eco-house’ Competition 2018

Attention all Minecrafters. It’s that time of year again to get your thinking caps on and your Minecraft blocks on the move. INTERFACE and School-gen have teamed up for the 2018 Minecraft Eco-house Student Competition.


Last year, we received some awesome designs – but we want more! We want you to come up with the most eco-friendly, sustainable homes you can.

Use your skills to design and build an eco-house, and make a video showing how it:

  • Has low environmental impact
  • Uses sustainable materials
  • Is energy efficient

Choose from three age categories:

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

Win fantastic prizes

Each category winner will receive a Sphero SPRK+ Edition robotic kit for their classroom. PLUS, the top three in each category get a $50 Prezzy Card.

This is the fifth 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!

Come up with a plan, create your design and submit your details below. Entries close 28 September (end of Term 3).

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.

How to enter

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 once but you must make a separate entry for each.

Thank you and good luck from INTERFACE and School-gen.

Entry Form


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

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