Robinson Park Orienteering in Minecraft

Erika Rader, University of Idaho

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Students will learn how to relate topographic map features to hills, valleys, and plateaus by using the pace and compass method of navigation in the 3D virtual world of Minecraft.

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Undergraduate required field camp

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Understand how maps and compasses work.

How the activity is situated in the course

First assignment in a series of Minecraft mapping exercises.

Activity Length

This is a half-day exercise.


Content/concepts goals for this activity


Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

3D spatial understanding

Other skills goals for this activity

working in groups

Description and Teaching Materials

Students will need a license to Minecraft Java Edition ($) and several free mod and resource pack downloads. They will also need a printed copy of the base map and the traverse sheet, pencils, and a protractor.
Minecraft Set-Up Instructions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 839kB May9 20) 
Additional necessary files (Zip Archive 38MB May9 20)

Technology Needs

Needs licenses for each participant in Minecraft Java Edition

Teaching Notes and Tips

Must be the Java Edition of Minecraft. See additional notes included in the Zip file.


The accuracy of the student's traverses is evaluated by the list of items they uncovered at each station.

References and Resources

Youtube can answer any question about Minecraft.

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