Economics, civics and math in a virtual Minecraft World

Students learn math, economics, civics, geometry and technology as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft world. Minecraft is a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss and supply and demand. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create and vote on a city constitution of laws. Students use mathematics and geometry to construct a working urban environment. STEM skills have never been so fun!

Fall Online Class Schedule: 

  • Programs are 6 weeks long, 90 Minutes each week. (There is also an optional time period each week in which students can work on their houses, businesses and other projects)
  • All classes are also recorded so students can view the lesson on their own time if needed.
  • Price for a 6 week class (9 total hrs) is $121
  • After 6 weeks, students have the option of signing up for another 6 week session to continue their city!
Enroll by clicking on the desired session below..

Elementary School Classes 

(Grades 2-5)

Middle School Classes 

(Grades 6-8)

All class sessions are held within the kid-friendly Vedamo virtual classroom
Class Syllabus:
Session One: 6 Weeks, 9 Hours
Note: While session 1 and session 2 take place in the same virtual city, students sign-up for Session 2 if they wish to continue, after taking the Session 1 class.
Week 1: Introduction

Background Info: Powerpoint: Welcome to Our City!

Activity: Let's Plan the Construction of Your House

Skills: Perimeter and Area

City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on the City Name Nominees

Week 2: Your Business

Background Info: Powerpoint: "The Basics of Business"

Activity: Continue Constructing Your House, Planning Your Business

Skills: Business Budgeting, Supply & Demand

City Council Debate & Vote: Chopping Down Trees, Land-Buying

Week 3: Our City Constitution

Background Info: Powerpoint: "A Constitution Primer"

Activity: Writing Our Constitution, Finishing Our Houses

Skills: Mean, Median and Mode, Critical Thinking and Writing in Creating the Laws of Our Constitutions

City Council Debate & Vote: Will Cars be Allowed?

Week 4: City Buildings and City Planning

Background Info: Powerpoint: "What's First?: Planning Our First City Buildings!"

Activity: Creating City Blueprints

Skills: City building budgeting

City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Constitution Plans

Week 5: Taxes and the City Budget

Background Info: Powerpoint: "Here Comes the Tax Man!: How Taxes Work in a City"

Activity: Finishing Your Business (Get Ready for Your Grand Opening)

Skills: Profit and Loss in Businesses

City Council Debate & Vote: Voting on City Building Blueprints, Voting on Tax Plans

Week 6: Marketing Your Business

Background Info: Marketing Your Business

Activity: Responding to a Natural Disaster crisis, creating advertisements

Skills: Business marketing, critical thinking, committee teamwork

City Council Vote & Debate: Island Proposals Vote, Crisis Plans

Session Two: 6 Weeks, 9 Hours
Note: While session 1 and session 2 take place in the same virtual city, students sign-up for Session 2 if they wish to continue, after taking the Session 1 class.
Week 1: Introducing Session Two/Public Transportation

Background Info: Powerpoint: "Let's Go! Transportation Options for Our City" 

Activity: Creating Businesses, Responding to the Natural Disaster, Creating TV Commercials

Skills: Multiplication Problems, Calculating Transportation Methods

City Council Vote & Debate: Disaster Plan Voting

Week 2: Expansion

Background Info: Powerpoint: "Go West, Young Man: Expansion Options for Our City"

Activity: Creating Expansion Plans, Writing Persuasive Speeches

Skills: Addition and Subtraction Problem-Solving

City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Transportation Plans

Week 3: Roads and Highways

Background Info: Powerpoint: "Car Talk: The Automobile and the City"

Activity: Creating Road Plans

Skills: Measurement and City Grid Planning

City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Expansion proposals

Week 4: City Elections

Background Info: Elections for Mayor

Activity: Campaigns for Mayor

Skills: Critical Thinking on Issue Positions

City Council Vote & Debate: Voting on Highway and Road Plans

Week 5: The Environment

Background Info: Powerpoint: Let's Go Green: The Environment and Our City

Activity: Creating Environmental Plans

Skills: Writing Proposals, Concept Analysis, Measurement Problem-Solving

City Council Vote & Debate: Election Voting

Week 6: Planning the Future

Background Info: Powerpont: The Future: Cities in the year 2100

Activity: Wrapping up City Activities


City Council Vote & Debate:

In this class, students will:

  • Work with other students to create a virtual city within the Minecraft game
  • Use mathematical skills to solve problems related to geometry, money, time, averaging and budgets
  • Create their own business within their Minecraft city as they learn about profits, budgeting, marketing, supply and demand and consumer feedback
  • Serve on a city council while creating and voting on a city constitution of laws
  • Use geometric planning to devise a road system, urban grid and electricity network for their virtual city
  • Give a campaign election speech to voters outlining issue positions
  • Learn about and make decisions related to urban environmental issues
  • Problem-solve with classmates as the city council responds to natural disasters and challenging issues within the city
  • See powerpoint lessons on the power plants, elections, city planning, urban history, elections, marketing and business products


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