2016-2017 Minecraft Competition
This year the NEF is hosting and supporting a Minecraft National contest for its Academies. Students will work in teams of 3 to 6 to plan and create unique and complex builds for cash and trophy prizes. Students are also required to document their building and learning processes. While doing so they will practice 21st century digital literacy skills by working with other types of software to share their creations. Students are also required to document their exploration and building experiences by keeping a journal and participating in discussion with the classroom. Students will progress through three tiers to reach the final building project, each tier will take about two months to complete and be assessed in different ways. Free access can be provided to MinecraftEDU, plus competitors will have access to another server space if they have their own Minecraft accounts. Select the “Competition” link below for more about the contest. If you are looking to download MinecraftEDU click the “Accessing MinecraftEDU” link below.


Sidney Public Schools

The Sidney Public School District (Cheyenne County School District #1) is a state and NCA-accredited public school system located in the Nebraska Panhandle 100 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The District consists of 120 square miles including and surrounding the city of Sidney, the Cheyenne County seat with a population of 6500 people.

The District educates approximately 1200 students in grades K-12 at seven separate campuses: South Elementary (grades K-1), North Elementary (grades 2-3), Central Elementary (grade 4), West Elementary (grades 5-6), Sidney Middle School (grades 7-8), Sidney High School (grades 9-12), and the Alternative Education Center. In-town busing services are provided with stops at each of the campuses.

N. L. Dillard Middle School

N.L. Dillard Middle School will provide students with an academically rich environment that focuses on character education and student achievement, thus preparing them to be lifelong learners.

Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences

The Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences (MATHS), is a Baltimore City public charter school serving students in grades 6 -12. MATHS is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused school offering specialized pathways for students interested in these career areas.