Redesigning Calgary: CBE, The City of Calgary and Minecraft Education Launch City Wide Design Challenge for Students

CALGARY – Launching this week, Level Up, Calgary Season 2: Achievement Unlocked, will once again challenge Calgary students to build in an expanded and custom Calgary world rendered in the Minecraft universe. 

Season two will see amazing new challenges with inspiring downtown champions continuing the partnership between the Calgary Board of Educations (CBE), The City of Calgary and Minecraft Education. The design challenge will also welcome students from the Calgary Catholic School District and Rocky View Schools to create digital design solutions that help inform real life solutions for The City. 

 “After a very successful first year of Minecraft Education, we are excited to launch season two with even more opportunities for students to learn, explore and create sustainable designs,” said CBE Chief Superintendent of Schools Christopher Usih. “We are so fortunate for this ongoing partnership as it is an invaluable way for students to advance their digital skills while preparing them to be future changemakers in a fun and creative way.” 

In Season 2: Achievement Unlocked, students can choose from four different build sites including Sien Lok Park, Fort Calgary, an underground Green Line LRT station at Eau Claire and a special challenge just for kindergarteners at the Calgary Public Library. At each build site, students will interact with local community leaders and City staff to help frame each city building challenge.  

“This is an amazing partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, Microsoft and other community champions, showcasing Calgary as a city of big ideas where everyone plays a part in building this great place" says Mayor Jyoti Gondek. "It’s surreal to see Calgary reflected within the world of Minecraft with landmark structures, iconic public art installations and so many community leaders, local artists, musicians and subject matter experts sharing their love of our city all while helping to inform student’s designs for a dynamic and sustainable future.”

Last year, the game-based learning platform had more than 12,000 CBE students participate and respond to the design prompt of reimagining public spaces to enrich the lives of Calgarians and strengthen the community. The City, alongside its partners, the CBE and Microsoft Canada, were also the recipient of the Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence in the Partnership category for the first season of Level Up, Calgary! 

Location: Representatives from The City and the CBE will be available for interview following a media launch on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023.

Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Griffith Woods School, 7652 26 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3H 3X2

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