NASEF Farmcraft™ 2021

Build the best farm in Minecraft Education, understand global conditions, and compete internationally. A new kind of game where you can compete and learn in an international arena of science and technology. A U.S. Department of State supported science-based, esports event featuring Minecraft challenges and live online events. 

What is Farmcraft?

NASEF Farmcraft™ 2021 is a student challenge to successfully create farms and grow foods in Minecraft! Apply and adapt agricultural production techniques in different unique environmental biomes. Participation is free and open to individuals of all ages, especially grades 3-12 (ages 8-18).

What Should We Be Doing?

Right now, we are in the registration period, gearing up for our Preseason launch on February 17, 2021. Adult Sponsors may create Teams by registering, where they may request licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition. Tune into our bi-weekly streams for the latest details on our events and challenges!


Team Registration Guide

Farmcraft Overview Timeline

  • Registration - Monday, February 1, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT (UTC) 
  • Preseason - Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Friday, March 19, 2021 
  • Regular Season - Wednesday, March 31 - Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Awards Youtube Live Stream - Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ TBA

Preseason

February 17 - March 26
Flipgrid Design Challenges using Minecraft Education

Regular Season

March 31 - May 19
Mission-based Challenges using  Modded Minecraft Education World

Beyond the Game Challenges

March 31 - May 7
Career-influenced activities for middle and high school students

Join our Next Farmcraft Stream on YouTube!

Peek into the global Minecraft farming community in our next Farmcraft stream! We will be going live bi-weekly with guests including innovative educators, agricultural biotechnology experts, and fellow students from participating teams!

Tune in to learn more about how Minecraft can teach us about environmental challenges, food security, and the global issues affecting agriculture! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on notifications to never miss a stream!


Farmcraft Preseason

Learn the basics to planting your own sprouts in the NASEF Farmcraft 2021 Preseason! We invite you to explore your own world in Minecraft as we guide you on soil preparation, seed planting, fertilizing, watering, sunlight and harvesting. 

Preseason Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Preseason Launch; Challenge #1 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, February 26, 2021 - Preseason Challenges #1 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - Preseason Challenge #2 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, March 12, 2021 - Preseason Challenge #2 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT (UTC)
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021- Preseason Challenge #3 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, March 26, 2021 - Preseason Challenge #3 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT (UTC)

PRESEASON CHALLENGES

Are you up to the task? Submit a bi-weekly diary to FlipGrid so others can learn from your journey! We’ll have teams from around the globe joining us for pre-season ahead of our NASEF Farmcraft challenges. We’ll also be featuring some of the best submissions during our bi-weekly Farmcraft streams on Youtube.


Farmcraft Regular Season

Apply and adapt agricultural production techniques in different unique environmental biomes! Teams will download our Minecraft World file to successfully create farms and grow foods in Minecraft: Education Edition. Be sure to join us Wednesday, March 31 for our official launch of the NASEF Farmcraft 2021 Regular Season challenges!

Regular Season Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - NASEF FARMCRAFT WORLD File Launch; Regular Season Challenge #1 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, April 9, 2021 - Regular Season Challenges #1 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - Regular Season Challenge #2 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, April 23, 2021 - Regular Season Challenge #2 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT (UTC)
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021- Regular Season Challenge #3 live on Flipgrid @ 1:00pm PT | 4:00pm ET | 8:00pm GMT (UTC)
  • Friday, May 7, 2021 - Regular Season Challenge #3 due on Flipgrid @ 5:00pm PT | 8:00pm ET | 11:59p GMT (UTC)
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - Awards Stream @ TBA

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