NASEF’s MENAcraft™ gathers young people from the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in a safe, neutral, and inspiring online community, blending play and learning for a cultural and language exchange.
By creating scholastic esports clubs, learning from STEM professionals, playing team games, and building in Minecraft, participants develop key skills with an understanding of how those translate into workforce opportunities. They interact with peers around the world, building empathy and cross-cultural understanding as they cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship experience.
The following regions will be participating in MENAcraft™:
- New Jersey
- Palestinian Territories
- United Arab Emirates
Join MENAcraft and NASEF here!
(Must have been invited by a US State or MENA Country lead)
If you are interested in joining MENAcraft, please email [email protected]. Include your name, the name of your school or organization, and the US city and state or MENA city/province and country. We will attempt to match you with an approved Adult Facilitator and Country Lead.Register
- Team Guide (PDF)
- MENAcraft™ Minecraft Challenge Guide
- MENAcraft™ Beyond the Game Challenge Guide
- Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for Upcoming Streams
- Language Resources for Minecraft: Education Edition
How to use Immersive Reader
How to use Flipgrid
January 18, 2023
Zoom Office Hours
March 1, 15, 29, 2023
March 8, 2023
April 13, 2023
Student Zoom Facilitation
Week of March 13, 2023 & April 3, 2023
All Challenges Due
May 11, 2023
May 17, 2023
May 1, 2023
All office hours and livestreams will be at 7am PT and 3pm PT. Please join which time works for you.
Meet the country/state leads!
Ohio Lead/US Lead
New Jersey Lead
On June 21, 2022, the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative) announced that the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is one of the Initiative’s newest grantees to receive funding for virtual exchanges between young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. Read the press release here.
NASEF MENAcraft is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.