Announcing the 2020 Minecraft Face-Off Winners! 

NASEF is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Minecraft Face-Off! Students from grades 3rd to 12th entered from all across North America and built designs to represent their favorite professional hockey teams. Teams of up to four students worked together, experiencing the fun blend of video games and STEM learning as they completed this challenge.

Students used Minecraft and Flipgrid to create and submit their entries. They had the choice to enter one category or all three: design their favorite professional hockey team’s logo and jersey and build a next-generation hockey arena.

“Judging the submissions was sort of like watching a hockey player complete a hat trick!” said Steve Isaacs, a leader in game-based learning and the producer of Minefaire, a massive fan experience. “Through the designs and the video submissions, we got to see the students’ skill and confidence and creative angles. I’m proud of every single student who entered!” 

Competition judge, STEM and Computer Science instructional facilitator, and Minecraft expert, Erik Leitner said, “To say our participants made judging a challenge would be an understatement. We originally planned to select one winner for each category, but the student’s creations were innovative, beautiful and exceeded expectations in every imaginable way! We couldn’t narrow it down, so we decided to award first, second, and third place for each category. We were blown away again and again, and it’s all due to the quality of the designs.”

The Grand Prize Winner is the Flying V from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Their team had three members that were representing the Anaheim Ducks with their submission. The students are all in grades three to six. They entered all three categories and scored high in all of them, garnering the overall prize for the whole event. Congratulations!

Flying V’s Jersey Creation

Flying V’s Jersey Creation

The winning teams are: 

Place

Location

Student Team 

NHL Team Respresented

Team size

Grade Level

Category: Hockey Arena Design

1

Henderson, NV

Henderson Miners

Vegas Golden Knights

1 member

3rd – 6th

2

Las Vegas, NV

The KryptoKnights

Vegas Golden Knights

4 members

7th – 8th

3

Plantation, FL

Grumpy Cats

Florida Panthers

3 members

3rd – 6th

Category: Jersey Design

1

Shoreview, MN

Minnesota Mild

Minnesota Wild

1 member

3rd – 6th

2

Las Vegas, NV

big brain builders

Vegas Golden Knights

4 members

3rd – 6th

3

Plantation, FL

Grumpy Cats

Toronto Maple Leafs

2 members

3rd – 6th

Category: Logo Design

1

Gilbert, AZ

The Endermen

Vegas Golden Knights

2 members

3rd – 6th

2

Las Vegas, NV

The Creeper Crew

Vegas Golden Knights

3 members

3rd – 6th

3 (tie)

Johns Island, SC

PG Red

Florida Panthers

4 members

3rd – 6th

3 (tie)

Tustin, CA

Junior Lady Ducks Designers

Anaheim Ducks

4 members

3rd – 6th

Sabita S., whose child was in the Junior Lady Ducks Designers representing the Anaheim Ducks, said, “The kids will be so thrilled [that their video submission will be posted]. Thanks again for hosting this competition. It taught our kids so much!” Wait till they find out they’re winners!

All the creations were fabulous, and whether they placed in the top three or not, everyone had fun in the process. Parent Kim S., whose kids formed the Wienerschnitzel Masters team competing for the Anaheim Ducks, said, “The kids put a ton of thought and work into it. There is some pretty fun stuff like cool concession stands and even Zambonis. It was a great, fun project for them. They had a blast and have been inviting their friends in to tour!”

We received so many submissions, we had to create a video wall to showcase them all. Check out the compilation here:

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation will award 1st-3rd place winning teams for each Challenge and a team for the Grand Prize.

For each Challenge:

1st Place Team: each team member will be awarded with (1) copy of the new Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition. 

2nd Place Team: each team member will be awarded with (1) copy of the new Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition.

3rd Place Team: each team member will be awarded with (1) copy of the new Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition.

For the Grand Prize winning team, each team member will be awarded with (1) Xbox One Minecraft Creeper Wireless Controller or Microsoft Xbox One Minecraft Pig Edition Wireless Controller AND (1) Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition.  

The Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, and Vegas Golden Knights will provide additional awards and prizes based on their own selections.

See all the teams and creations on the Face-Off Awards page. Subscribe to our newsletter and keep coming back to our website to learn about future Minecraft challenges, high school esports clubs, classes and tournaments, and more!