NEF Minecraft 2019-2020 Competition
The 2019-2020 Contest is here
The National Education Foundation is hosting another contest this school year using Minecraft: Education Edition, this time the theme is automation. Students grades 5-8 will work individually or in groups to create in-game farming machines or systems of their choice. They will practice their STEM skills by applying engineering concepts to create the most efficient systems possible. For each system or machine built, they will be required to document the building process and create a video describing how each machine or system works to their teachers. Winners will be eligible for cash prizes. If you or your students are interested in competing, email
To see more about the contest, or if you are already signed up to compete, check out the document here: Minecraft Contest 2019-2020
Last Year’s Winners
Last year our Minecraft competitors built amusement parks complete with their own mini-games. They practiced a range of essential skills throughout the school year and taught their teachers all about Minecraft. Jack Hankins from Dana Middle School in California took first place with his thoughtful and detailed “The Everything Park”. While Alex Tingler, Lyndsy Phillips, and Ashlyn Smith from Martins Ferry School District, Ohio came closely in second with their “Splaat Theme Park”. In third this year was Faith Smith and Cambell Kropka with “Rainbow World”. They are also from Martins Ferry SD. The slider images above are all screen shots from the worlds of the builders.

Also, check out this video from the 2017-2018 competition!