Mexico’s NASEF Minecraft Challenge: Winners Announced in Competition that Blended Gaming with Learning as Students Created COVID-19 Related Designs in Minecraft

NASEF, the US Embassy in Mexico, and the Benjamin Franklin Library and its American Spaces to award prizes to students who competed across Mexico 

(Orange County, CA – July 7, 2020) – Today, the winners of Mexico’s NASEF Minecraft COVID-19 Challenges were announced by the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) in partnership with the US Embassy in Mexico, the Benjamin Franklin Library and its American Spaces across the country. 

The program launched on May 15, 2020, to engage students in Mexico and to connect their love for gaming with learning opportunities. More than 2,000 Mexican students registered to participate in the nation’s first ever Minecraft Covid-19 Challenge. For the last several weeks, students competed in an event that challenged their creativity, their imagination, their planning skills, and more. Student entrants ranged from grade three to grade 11, demonstrating the wide appeal of the competition. 

“The students’ designs were very thoughtful and demonstrated that, not only did they enjoy using Minecraft to build, they also considered the specific aspects of each challenge and learned about how COVID-19 is impacting various aspects of their community and lives,” said Gerald Solomon, founder of NASEF.

The winners are:

  • Challenge #1: The House of My Dreams: students were told to demonstrate what the house of their dreams is by introducing new ideas, concepts, layouts, and visitor experiences.
    • 1st Place: Carlos R.; Centro Educativo Pearson in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz
    • 2nd Place: Francisco R.; CBTis 184 in Izucar De Matamoros, Puebla
    • 3rd Place: Itzel G.; Academia Moderna, A. C. in Ecatepec De Morelos, Mexico
  • Challenge #2: What is COVID-19? Students created an accurate model of the COVID-19 virus, and communicated how it functions (as a virus) and/or how it affects human beings who are infected with it.
    • 1st Place: Kazuki A.; Liceo Mexicano Japonés in México, Distrito Federal
    • 2nd Place: Catherine A.; Colegio Bilingüe Dos Naciones Unidas in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
    • 3rd Place: Oria C.; CBTis N°60 in San Miguel de allende, Guanajuato
  • Challenge #3: Inform the Public: Students designed a museum or library that would communicate useful information for the public about the outbreak.
    • 1st Place: Victor B.; Cbtis 135 in H.matamoros, Tamaulipas
    • 2nd Place: Luis E.; Khépani Tres Marías in Morelia, MIC
    • 3rd Place: Denzel L.; Escuela Nacional Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades Plantel Vallejo in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal

NASEF awarded the following prizes by Challenge:

  • First place will receive 30 Hyper X Headsets for their classroom and a special learning session with a top esports and STEAM expert.
  • Second place will receive 20 Hyper X Headsets for their classroom and a special learning session with a top esports and STEAM expert.
  • Third place will receive 10 Hyper X Headsets for their classroom and a special learning session with a top esports and STEAM expert.
  • The top 50 students will receive virtual field trips to leading esports and technology companies for their classrooms.

The top 50 students are:

  1. Juan Z.; imarc in Hermosillo, Sonora
  2. Eduardo Jr R.; Miguel Hidalgo I Costilla in Jesus Carranza, Veracruz
  3. Emilio C.; Secundaria general 111 Elias abandonó Vallarta in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco
  4. José B.; Cbtis 136 jojutla Morelos in Jojutla, Morelos
  5. Juan T.; Escuela secundaria técnica número 74 in Puebla, Puebla
  6. Hector S.; The Hills Institute in Monterrey, Nuevo León
  7. Kevin H.; Escuela Preparatoria Regional de Apaxco in Apaxco de Ocampo, Mexico
  8. Diego E.; 60 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
  9. Mateo S.; Colegio Ciencias y Letras de Tepic in Tepic, Nayarit
  10. Oria C.; CBTis N°60 in San Miguel de allende, Guanajuato
  11. Rogel P.; Universidad Autonoma De La Laguna in Torreon, Coahuila
  12. Alberto P.; Centro de Estudios Tecnologicos Industriales y de Servicios no. 35 in México, Mexico
  13. Kazuki A.; Liceo Mexicano Japonés in México, Distrito Federal
  14. Dante M.; Uschooler in San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo León
  15. Javier M.; Homeschool in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
  16. Dylan M.; Homeschool in San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo León
  17. Royer T.; Centro De Bacjilletato Tecnologico Industrial Y De Servicios No. 253 in Chetumal, Quintana Roo
  18. Sealtiel V.; Centro De Estudios Tecnologicos, Industrial Y De Servicios No. 23 Jose Vicente Villada in Lerma, Mexico
  19. Isabella C.; Escuela Primaria "Venustiano Carranza" in Misantla, Veracruz
  20. Luis A.; Centro de bachillerato tecnológico industrial y de servicio (CBTIS051) in Mazatlán, Sinaloa
  21. María H.; Colegio México in Piedras Negras, Coahuila
  22. Diego C.; LFM in CDMX, Distrito Federal
  23. Christian R.; CETis 12 "Benito Juárez García" in Jiutepec, Morelos
  24. Oliver P.; CEPAC Jalisco in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  25. Jesús S.; CETis No.71 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas
  26. Isael G.; CETis 18 in Mexicali, Baja California
  27. Misael P.; Escuela Preparatoria No.18 in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  28. Brenart M.; CBTis NO.8 in Pachuca, Hidalgo
  29. Dam8qn C.; Centros De Estudio Tecnológico Mexicano-japones in Celaya, Guanajuato
  30. Carlos R.; Centro Educativo Pearson in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz
  31. Javier D.; CETis 146 in Rio Blanco, Veracruz
  32. Francisco R.; CBTis 184 in izucar de matamoros, Puebla
  33. Cesar S.; COARA in Matehuala, San Luis Potosí
  34. Rafael N.; Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios 114 in Juárez, Chihuahua
  35. Andrés C.; CETIS 65 in Mexico, Mexico
  36. David L.; Colegio Xavier Villaurrutia in Puebla, Puebla
  37. Melquisideth L.; Colegio Emilio Rosenblueth in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
  38. Mauricio R.; CBTis60 in San miguel de allende, Guanajuato
  39. Santiago M.; Escuela Secundaria Diurna No. 248 "Calmecac" in Cd. de México, Distrito Federal
  40. Hector M.; Sec Gral Lic Benito Juarez in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
  41. Alain M.; Rafaela Suárez in Colima, Colima
  42. Juan T.; Escuela Secundaria Técnica Número 74 in Puebla, Puebla
  43. Axel G.; CBTis 203 in Toluca, Mexico
  44. Christian C.; CBTis 60 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
  45. Alejandro G.; Colegio México del Sureste in Villahermosa, Tabasco
  46. Endrick P.; Conalep in Merida, Yucatan
  47. Julian C.; Universidad Autónoma De La Laguna in Torreón, Coahuila
  48. Sergio V.; CBTis8 in Municipio Mineral de la Reforma, Hidalgo
  49. Leonel N.; Great Union Institute in Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
  50. Luis A.; Centro De Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial Y De Servicio (CBTIS051) in Mazatlán, Sinaloa

See the recording of the Facebook Live announcement of winners on NASEF's Facebook page.

NASEF is unique in the world of sports and esports because it doesn’t just focus on competitive gaming but also provides significant education on career and life skills at the same time. See how NASEF connects play to career pathways here.

NASEF is partnering with the US Embassy in Mexico, the Benjamin Franklin Library and its American Spaces across the country to bring those same benefits to students in Mexico. An immediate next step will be for students to enter the global Minecraft Masters competition. Teams of Minecraft builders from  countries around the world  will go head-to-head, testing their skills and creativity in this summer’s global challenge. 

About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation is working to ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society’s game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals. NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. The Federation’s core values are intertwined through all aspects of education and play: learning, opportunity, community, diversity, and respect.

Learn more at NASEF.org, and learn how to start a free esports club with NASEF’s full support here. See matches streamed live on their Twitch channel, and join online conversations on Twitter @NASEFedu, Facebook, and Instagram

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