Popular Minecraft Video Game Helps Wisconsin Students Embrace Agriculture

Popular Minecraft Video Game Helps Wisconsin Students Embrace Agriculture
Microsoft-owned Minecraft, inspires youth to experience gardening though technology and give back to their communities in the digital age

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jun 08, 2018 - Minecraft (https://minecraft.net/en-us/), a 3-D building block video game, sold to Microsoft (http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/15/technology/minecraft-microsoft/index.html) in 2014 for $2.5 billion dollars, continues to grow in popularity among youth across the country. As part of 4-H and Microsoft’s ongoing 4-H Tech Changemakers initiative, 4-H teens in Outagamie County have innovated the game by coding and experimenting with virtual reality to launch a transformative technology that models garden growth and connects youth with their community’s agricultural heritage. 4-H Tech Changemakersaims to equip young people across the country with the knowledge, resources, and empowerment to lead in their communities through technology.

Twenty-five 4-H youth will lead a demonstration of the Minecraft technology at the Growing our Future Agricultural Expo, which will also include a visit to the nearby 4-H garden and educational farm. County Executive, Thomas Nelson, will also be speaking at the press event.

The Expo, FREE to the public, will also feature Oneida Nation education on industrial hemp, garden planting, bee hive demonstrations, face painting, live music and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

WHEN:    Saturday, June 9, 2018

   9:30am- 10:30am: Press Event(with Minecraft demo and community garden visit at

   10:00am)

   10am- 3pm: Growing Our Future Agricultural Expo (Minecraft demos and garden visits continue)

WHERE:  EXPO: Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road Oneida, WI 54155

GARDEN: *Shuttles available between locations

Oneida Falling Leaves 4-H Club Land, 2293 County H, De Pere, WI 54115

Contact:
Kayla Viste, 4-H Youth Development Educator

Outagamie County UW-Extension

3365 West Brewster Street

Appleton, WI 54914

(920) 832-5127 | Kayla.Viste@ces.uwex.edu

Source : National 4-H Council
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