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MINDRISING a competition for children and young adults


Some exciting NEWS on our Final Event is coming soon. We will be updating all entrants once the details are finalised. Please note NO WINNERS have been selected yet. 

CHECK OUT THE ENTRIES

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MINDRISING a competition for children and young adults


Some exciting NEWS on our Final Event is coming soon. We will be updating all entrants once the details are finalised. Please note NO WINNERS have been selected yet. 

CHECK OUT THE ENTRIES

MindRising IS ABOUT SHARING STORIES

We asked you to share your stories as you create them. We were bowled over by some of the early shares.  @cbsjuniors  were the first group to share their work and it blew us away. Who would think a 3d blockheaded face could carry such emotion.

This was followed quickly by another share from another school in Cork Carrigaline ETNS with an amazing eBook available here.

 

 We know you are just back after Easter but as soon as you have something/anything to show. Send us a screen shot, a video clip to let MindRisers know what you are doing.

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MindRising Intro


1916-2016-2116

OUR PAST-OUR PRESENT-OUR FUTURE

Enter Now

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MindRising Intro


1916-2016-2116

OUR PAST-OUR PRESENT-OUR FUTURE

Enter Now

The most important thing teachers can encourage in young people is to develop ‘inquiring minds’ - to ensure that they know how to gather information, that they check that information and take it from a multiplicity of sources.
— Lord David Puttnam - Digital Champion & MindRising Ambassador

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MindRising 2016

 

MindRising 2016 is a competition celebrating 200 years of the island of  Ireland. MindRising champions the use of digital technology in schools & groups. MindRising is about telling stories about our past and our future. Teams will work on their digital storytelling skills across a range of media which includes building elements of their projects in Minecraft. They are encouraged to remember the past 100 years and imagine what the next 100 years could bring.

But first watch this

Watch this video  to get a flavour of what's in-store

MindRising is open to 

MindRising Divisions

MindRising has 2 divisions

Junior maps to

  • Primary school 1st-4th class

Senior broadly maps to

  • Primary 5th-6th class
  • Lower-post-primary 1st-2nd year.

See eligibility criteria for details.

Why would we enter?

As an educator, I value the opportunities presented by MindRising 2016 for children and young people to mark the 1916 centenary in ways that promote their historical understanding, help them to connect the past and the present and support them in imagining the future. Whether they are drawing on the evidence to reconstruct past events and localities, investigating change over time or building on the present to imagine possible futures, MindRising offers rich opportunities for child-led and enquiry-based learning and, most importantly, gives voice to that learning though digital storytelling.
— Professor Fionnuala Waldron Cregan Professor of Education, DCU Institute of Education,

If you answer yes to any of the following questions then participating in MindRising is for you.

Educators

  1. Are you interested in applying 21st Century Learning Design in your class?
  2. Do you want to engage your students in new ways of deep learning based on digital technologies (including MineCraft)?
  3. Do you want to join a group of schools in exploring our past and our future in 2016?
  4. Do you want to give your students the opportunity to lead, imagine and create?
  5. Do you want to win a €5,000 digital refresh for your school?

Group Leaders

  1. Do you want to get your group involved in a fun project for 2016?
  2. Do your children and young adults in your group love playing with digital technologies like Minecraft?
  3. Do you want to find new ways of connecting and engaging with young people in your groups and communities?
  4. Do you want to win a €5,000 digital refresh for your group or organization?

Generation Blockhead

(otherwise know as children and young adults)

  1. Do you want to have as much fun in school as you do at home?
  2. Do you want to build some cool stuff with your friends?
  3. Do you want to show off your Minecraft skills?

How much time will this take?

Educators/Group Leaders

We've designed MindRising to allow you to get involved based on your capacity. 

"I can only spare a couple of hours"

  • No effort - use MindRising video's to enliven a lesson (videos coming soon) with Minecraft-based learning curriculum content
  • Less than 1 hour - use our curriculum aligned lesson plans to teach a historical topic
  • 2-3 hours - build a minimum viable entry (the smallest competition entry you could possibly imagine),you do everything in a frenetic 3 hours sprint

"I can only spend a day or two on this"

  • Spread the effort over 1-2 weeks working following one of the story paths - discovering, storytelling & learning 

"I want to enter the competition"

  • Option 1: Follow the self-paced design-thinking based program over the 8 weeks of the competition this will get you ready to submit your entry
  • Option 2: Download the design-thinking based program and use it at your own speed (either blitz it or take your time) it's up to you

REMEMBER: MindRising is meant to be a fun learning experience!

What is a MindRising project?

MindRising projects are focussed on celebrating 200 years of the Island Ireland 1916-2016-2116. The competition has 3 story paths: 1) the past 2) the journey from past to future and 3) the future. A project can consist of a variety of elements video, audio, minecraft animation.

Choose a Story Path

Over 8 weeks teams will employ digital storytelling techniques to to tell stories about our past, our future and the journey from past to future. MindRising will be providing mission packs, teaching plans, examples, tutorials and other guides to help you over the 8 weeks.

 

What do we have to do?

  1. Find a project you want to do (make sure it's fun).
  2. Follow our design thinking tools.
  3. Create a project portfolio built in Sway an interactive digital storytelling tool.
  4. Build a world in Minecraft  (helpful samples will be provided see here).
  5.  Make a 3 minute video that summarises your project  - where you started what challenges you faced, the story your telling, MineCraft fly-thrus, and anything else you can imagine.
  6. Use your imagination to tell the stories your way

 

MindRising 2016 Timeline


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MindRising 2016 Timeline


Subscribe to a timeline for MindRising here.

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MindRising & Minecraft


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MindRising & Minecraft


What about MineCraft?

MindRising is an exciting learning opportunity enabling students to draw on a wide range of curriculum in an interdisciplinary way while also developing the key skills our young people need to live and learn in the complex connected global society we live in.
— Dr. Deirdre Butler St.Patrick's College DCU Institute of Education

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is an open world computer game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. You can think about this as a digital building blocks, an open free format construction based game. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. The worlds can be shared with others and allow collaborative building and play.

What has Minecraft to do with education?

Educators around the world are discovering that Minecraft provides infinite possibilities across curricular areas from mathematics to storytelling. Minecraft adds a valuable tool to a teacher's toolbox. 

Starter Maps

To get you started we will be providing maps in Minecraft of significant historic sites from around the island of Ireland. You can use the maps either as teaching devices within your class or to help kick-start your MindRising entry.

MineCraft Servers

We will be providing a Minecraft EDU Servers for each school entering MindRising for the duration of the competition. The servers will be pre-loaded with sample maps and other helpful content including teacher Minecraft tutorials.

MineCraft CLIENTS

Minecraft EDU Client software is part of the package provided to schools to connect to the MinecraftEDU hosted server.

Getting Started With mindrising


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Getting Started With mindrising


What do we need to get started?

MindRising are providing Minecraft EDU Hosted Servers for schools and have provided sample Minecraft worlds for everyone to use.

Option 1: Use our Minecraft EDU Servers (offer for schools only) pre-loaded with content

  1. Access to the internet if you are using the provided servers and to access Sway
  2. PC (minimum 2Gb RAM, Intel i3 Processor) 
  3. Minecraft EDU Client Software 

Option 2: You are already using Minecraft or want to run offline

  1. Download and install the Minecraft samples worlds from here
  2. Install the maps 
    • on your Minecraft Server or 
    • locally load the maps on your Minecraft client 
  3. Download and install Sway (Sway is an online tool but you can download and work offline if you have a Windows 10 device)

Enter MindRising Now


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Enter MindRising Now


How do I get started?

STEP 1: Register your school as a group or an individual. Registration is now closed as of midnight 7th March. Please contact info@mindrising.ie for further information.

STEP 2: Complete the questionnaire and accept the T&C's of the competition. Please contact info@mindrising.ie for questionnaire link.

STEP 3: Check out the News & downloads section of the website for some guidance and tools.

STEP 4:  Use the Minecraft teacher tools including some great tutorial videos - see Creative Technology section.

STEP 5: MindRising Games begins on the 15th February and continue until 25th April (submission date extended due to requests from entrants) when you submit your competition entry. Please check out here for help to get you started .

 

 

Feel free to contact us

If you want more information before you get started please contact us. Out team will respond as quickly as possible to all enquiries.

MindRising Volunteers & Partners Needed


Help us make MindRising an amazing learning experience

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MindRising Volunteers & Partners Needed


Help us make MindRising an amazing learning experience

Partners Wanted

Big projects need big partners. Whether you are a government agency, philanthropic organisation or commercial brand; if you would like to work with MindRising to develop further creative education programmes – with national or international scope – we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteers Needed

MindRising is a HUGE projects across the island of Ireland that we are running with Microsoft, Business Model Adventures and St.Patricks College DCU Institute of Education. We’re reaching out to the community across the island to help support the MindRising 2016 initiatives – you will be helping develop the next generation of creative talent – by volunteering your time and expertise to help schools and groups. If you are a history buff, a futurologist or a technologist who loves to help others please let us know.

From Blockheads To Grayheads


We hope that MindRising will bring people togther to tell stories about Ireland; our past and our future. 

 

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From Blockheads To Grayheads


We hope that MindRising will bring people togther to tell stories about Ireland; our past and our future. 

 

MindRising Team


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MindRising Team


Core Team

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Alan Kelly & Gar Mac Críosta

Co-founders of MindRising & Chief Adventurers

gar@mindrising.ie / alan@mindrising.ie

 

Emer McWeeney

MindRising Sponsors & Media

emer@mindrising.ie

 

Orlaith Nugent

MindRising Games

orlaith@mindrising.ie

Mark Nagurski

MindRising Architect & Northern Ireland Coordinator

mark@mindrising.ie

MINDRISING Education Advisory Team

Dr. Deirdre Butler

Senior Lecturer in Education, St.Patrick's College, DCU, Institute of Education

Prof. Mark Brown

Director National Institute of Digital Learning

MindRising Sponsors & Partners


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MindRising Sponsors & Partners


PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

 

Education Partners

Community Partners

MindRising Ambassadors


we are delighted to introduce our MindRising Ambassadors 

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MindRising Ambassadors


we are delighted to introduce our MindRising Ambassadors 

Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

Lord David Puttnam

David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

David spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle.   His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes.  
From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

Republic of Ireland's Digital Champion; President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of the TSL Advisory Board; Chair of the Academic Board, Pearson College; a UNICEF Ambassador, and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork.  

The most important thing teachers can encourage in young people is to develop ‘inquiring minds’ - to ensure that they know how to gather information, that they check that information and take it from a multiplicity of sources.”
— Lord David Puttnam

Tim O'Connor

Tim runs his own advisory business, providing strategic support and advice to companies across a range of areas, including international services, and the hotel and technology sectors. Tim worked in the Irish Public Service from 1972 to 2010, most recently as Secretary General to the President.  He served in the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1979-2007, and was Consul General of Ireland New York from 2005-07 with the rank of Ambassador.  He also holds or has held in recent years several not-for-profit positions, including Chairmanship of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013, Chairmanship of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD from 2010-15 and Vice Chairman Limerick National City of Culture 2014. He is Chairman of the Shannon Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Limerick, Limerick IT and Mary Immaculate College. He is also Chairman of the Limerick Marketing Company, which promotes Limerick.  Tim holds honorary doctorates from NUI Maynooth (2005), Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA) (2007) and the University of Ulster (2009).

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I love the thinking behind MindRising 2016 - using the centenary of the Rising as a hinge moment of history from which the students of today’s Ireland, who will be the leaders of its tomorrow, can range back and forth between past and future, drawing inspiration from what has gone before to imagine and dream what comes next. The essence of the Rising was a group of people stepping forward into leadership and shaping the future for the generations that followed. That is our opportunity now also as a country in 2016 and our young people are a key dimension of that; MindRising 2016 provides a great platform on which to let the dreaming commence!
— Tim O'Connor

Harry McCann

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Harry McCann is a 17 year Irish tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & Director of the first Digital Youth Council in the World, and is also the Co-Founder and CEO of #LetsTeachCode. Harry has worked alongside the Irish Government and major businesses all around the World over the past three years to change the way we use technology in our classrooms, and to ensure that young people have a say in their futures. He was named in TheJournal.ie 20 under 20 in 2015.

We as a nation have gone through so much over the past one hundred years, and will no doubt go through so much more over the next hundred. Its important that we give a generation the chance to remember the past, and look forward to their future, MindRising is that chance
— Harry McCann

Emer Coleman

Emer is an Associate with EY in the UK, Business Development Director with TransportAPI, an open content technology company and an experienced Digital Leader. She is the Chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland which advises the Irish Government on its National Open Data Strategy.

She is the former Director of Digital Projects for the Mayor of London where she established the London Datastore facilitating the creation of hundreds of products and applications built on open public sector data. She is also the former Deputy Director of Digital Engagement for Government Digital Services (Cabinet Office) where she authored the Social Media Guidance for Government.

Emer holds a BA in History and Sociology from University College Cork and an MPA from Warwick Business School. She was named in Wired Magazine’s Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011, Silicon Republics Top 100 women in STEM 2014 and is the only non US contributor to Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, Code for America 2013. 

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I love the idea of hacking the education sector. It is inconceivable to me that learning can happen without the deep integration of technology. Education now needs to be co-produced by both pupil and teacher. I believe that bringing the world of Mindcraft into the classroom will bring opportunities to both and what better way to start by envisioning both the past and the future in this year of commemoration. I look forward to seeing the amazing results.
— Emer Coleman

Denis Hevey

Denis Hevey is the lead coach/consultant and founder/CEO of the Positive Performance Academy. He is a highly skilled positive performance consultant, coach and speaker who specializes in working with people and organisations who want to be the best at what they do.  Denis is an ICF Accredited Coach & holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. His main area of research, expertise & passion is "Optimal Human Functionality" & “Flow Coaching” for individuals, teams, schools & organisations, particularly in relation to the next or so called iY Generation and those in organisations who wish to positively engage with them. Denis also has rich reservoir of hands on, practical leadership experience from the helm of business, sporting and military organisations.

Believing in our Youth as our best hope for a better future, by teaching them the skills of being better at getting better in the exciting quest of what matters most in life.
— Denis Hevey

Tim Willoughby

Tim Willoughby is CTO of the Local Government Management Agency. He has been with the LGMA for over 20 years in a number of Senior Management and Technical Roles. He has been working in the Public service for almost 25 years as a Civil Engineer and in a wide number of ICT roles. Before joining the LGMA Tim worked in Kildare County Council, designing and building roads.
From his early days teaching computers, Engineering and now on to his current role in senior management Tim has a passion for technology, particularly to understand, interpret and architect new technologies into simplesolutions for use across government.
Tim is currently responsible for technology in the LGMA and represents the sector in a wide number of government, business and technical committees. Tim has a Masters in Innovation Management from University of Ulster.


MindRising gives the new generation a fantastic opportunity to reimagine and reengineer past versions of Ireland. MindRising will give us the chance to view Ireland through different lenses and grow and learn, while developing insights to potential futures.
— Tim Willoughby

Who can enter MindRising?


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Who can enter MindRising?


MindRising is open to a variety of entrants schools, group and individuals.

  • primary and early post primary schools on the island of Ireland
  • groups e.g. CoderDojo, Sports clubs, Scouts, etc.
  • international schools with an interest in the history or future of the island of Ireland 
  • individuals on the island of Ireland

Please review the T&C's for a detailed description for eligibility criteria.

Eligible Entrants

Primary Schools on the island of Ireland

  1. Republic of Ireland Primary Schools (1st Class to 6th Class)
  2. Northern Ireland Primary Schools (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

Secondary Schools on the island of Ireland

  1. Republic of Ireland Secondary Schools (1st Year to 2nd Year)
  2. Northern Ireland Primary Schools (Key Stage 3)- check NI school setup to align

International Schools

International Schools – schools not on the island of Ireland who have an interest of connection to the past or future of the island of ireland

  1. International Baccalaureate Grades 2-8 (or equivalent local levels) are eligible to enter.

Groups

  1. Independent Groups such as but not limited to CoderDojos, Scouts, sporting clubs (GAA, soccer, rugby, basketball etc.) are eligible to enter MindRising.
  • Team members for entrants from independent groups must be under the age of 14 on the 1st January 2016 to be eligible to enter.
  • All Independent Groups will be entered into the Senior competition automatically

Individuals

  1. Individuals supervised by a parent, guardian or teacher are eligible to enter the competition.
  • Individuals must be under the age of 14 on the 1st January 2016 to be eligible to enter.

Awards & Prizes


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Awards & Prizes


Competition Entry Classification & Awards

Competition Entries can be submitted by Entrants under 3 Major Areas

  1. Past: Projects that explore a historical topic from any time period between the years 1916-2016
  2. Future: Projects that explore a future topic from any time period between the years 2016-2116
  3. The Journey (Past-to-Future): Projects that explore changes over any historic period between the years 1916-2016 and include a future element covering a period 2016-2116

Awards 

Junior Overall MindRiser(s) of The Year

Is awarded to the project selected by the judges as the best overall project in the Junior Division

PRIZE: The Junior Winner(s) will win €5,000 digital refresh for their school or organization

Senior Overall MindRiser(s) of The Year

Is awarded to the project selected by the judges as the best overall project in the Senior Division

PRIZE: The Senior Winner will win €5,000 digital refresh for their school or organization

Divisional Awards

Division Award
Junior Best Overall Past Project
Junior Best Overall Future Project
Junior Best Overall Past-Future Project
Junior Best Overall Individual Award (all categories)
Junior Best International Submission
Senior Best Overall Past Project
Senior Best Overall Future Project
Senior Best Overall Past-Future Project
Senior Best Overall Individual Award (all categories)
Senior Best International Submission
Groups Best Overall Past Project
Groups Best Overall Future Project
Groups Best Overall Past-Future Project

Project Category Awards

Division Category
Junior Best MineCraft Recreation of a Building
Junior Best MineCraft Recreation of a Historical Locale
Junior Best MineCraft Animated Short Film
Junior Best MineCraft Build of a Future Locale
Junior Best Cinematography & Editing
Junior Best Writing & Storytelling
Junior Most Creative Use of Technology
Senior Best MineCraft Recreation of a Building
Senior Best MineCraft Recreation of a Historical Locale
Senior Best MineCraft Animated Short Film
Senior Best MineCraft Build of a Future Locale
Senior Best Cinematography & Editing
Senior Best Writing & Storytelling
Senior Most Creative Use of Technology
Group Best MineCraft Recreation of a Building
Group Best MineCraft Recreation of a Historical Locale
Group Best MineCraft Animated Short Film
Group Best MineCraft Build of a Future Locale
Group Best Cinematography & Editing
Group Best Writing & Storytelling
Group Most Creative Use of Technology
Individual Best MineCraft Recreation of a Building
Individual Best MineCraft Recreation of a Historical Locale
Individual Best MineCraft Animated Short Film
Individual Best MineCraft Build of a Future Locale
Individual Best Cinematography & Editing
Individual Best Writing & Storytelling
Individual Most Creative Use of Technology
International Best MineCraft Recreation of a Building
International Best MineCraft Recreation of a Historical Locale
International Best MineCraft Animated Short Film
International Best MineCraft Build of a Future Locale
International Best Cinematography & Editing
International Best Writing & Storytelling
International Most Creative Use of Technology