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The school hackathon is underway
2021-11-04

The school hackathon is underway

During the fall of 2021, middle school students in Västernorrland, Västerbotten, Norrbotten and Södertälje have the chance to participate in a School Hackathon. A competition aimed at community development using Minecraft Education as a teaching tool. A hackathon is a creative competition where participants try to solve societal challenges in an innovative way.

Participation in this year's School Hackathon with the theme Dream City gives students and teachers the opportunity for joyful and creative learning with connections to several subjects in the curriculum for grades 4–6. As a working method, the participants work with a simplified version of the design process. One purpose of the School Hackathon is for the students to feel participation in social issues and at the same time learn more about innovation, democracy and entrepreneurship.

During eight weeks, students receive a class assignment that consists of building a shared world in Minecraft Education based on a specific theme. At the end of these eight weeks, all groups present their work to the class. Through democracy, the late class votes for a group to be representatives for a regional School Hackathon in November, where the winning group competes against students from other schools.

Thomas Fägerman, CEO at Boden Business Park:

"​​We are incredibly happy to be able to participate and make this school hackathon possible and look forward with excitement to what our young people come up with for thoughts and ideas about the future."

Linda Strandenhed, Project Manager Young Enterprise Norrbotten:

"We are very happy that, in collaboration with Teknikens Hus in Luleå, we are taking part in organizing this year's edition of the School Hackathon in Norrbotten. It's a great opportunity for teachers and students to use both our teaching materials and Minecraft Education to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship. We also see that this is a good opportunity for collaboration with Boden Business Park and are happy to work with entrepreneurial learning in a form that feels fun and inviting for both students and teachers."