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Learn about Minecraft in an educational setting
Minecraft, Minecraft at the Museum, Opals, Coober Pedy, Opals exhibition, South Australian Museum, SA Museum, school holidays, January 2016
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In conjunction with South Australian Museum's Opals exhibition, 'Minecraft at the Museum' will be held in the museum's Armoury building on a daily basis between Monday, 18th January 2016 until Friday, 22nd January 2016 (9.30am to 3.30pm).

Recommended for children aged 8-13yo - 'Minecraft at the Museum' will offer the opportunity for participants to create virtual opal mining fields via interactive Minecraft technology. In addition, participants will visit the Opals exhibition and learn about Coober Pedy's opal mining industry.

By the end of the day, participants will have learnt basic coding techniques from experienced facilitators to create virtual opal fields within Minecraft.

The cost is $60 per child (plus booking fee) for a daily session and includes exhibition entry and lunch. To book, go to the Eventbrite booking site.

What is Minecraft?

Following is an accurate word for word description published online at

'Minecraft is an open-world game unlike any other. Players are placed in a borderless, randomly generated land with no supplies, directions or objective. It is up to them to decide what to do and how to do it. Players collect materials from the world around them in order to 'craft' items and build whatever their mind can imagine.

The concept is similar to playing with LEGO, only the amount of blocks is limitless. There are forests to explore, mountains to climb, oceans to cross, and dungeons to discover. When the sun goes down, the monsters appear and players must fend them off or build shelter for protection.

Objectives are imagined by players, allowing them to truly create their own virtual world, mining materials and building tools to better help them do so. Due to some minimal violence and the initial complexity of the game, Minecraft is recommended for ages 6 and up.'
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Why? Children will learn basic coding techniques to create their own opal field in Minecraft
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm - daily sessions available Monday, 18/01/2016 until Friday 22/01/2016
Phone: 8207 7500
Where: South Australian Museum - in the Armoury building
Cost: $60 per child (plus booking fee) includes lunch & entry to Opals exhibition
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