Minecrafters show out-of-this-world creativity

Enthusiasts of the Minecraft game pulled out all stops to produce some amazingly creative entries in the EUMETSAT Minecraft Competition, with the theme of monitoring the oceans from space.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The competition was hosted on EUMETSAT’s website for young people, the L-Zone.

The competition asked entrants to build a design based on the Jason-3 and/or Sentinel-3 satellites, or create a custom satellite design based on the themes from the International Oceanographic Commission’s Global Ocean Observing System.

The aim was to provide a fun way for young people to learn more about the importance of monitoring the oceans from space and how it is done, as well as about EUMETSAT and its work.

EUMETSAT operates and processes and distributes marine data from Sentinel-3, one of the fleet of Sentinels which comprise the space component of the EU’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme. EUMETSAT also processes and distributes data from the ocean-monitoring Jason-3 satellite, a joint US-European mission, also for the Copernicus programme.

The Minecraft competition, which ran from 14 November 2016 to 28 February 2017, attracted 64 valid entries from participants in 18 countries, including Australia, Canada, the Philippines and the US, as well as from within Europe.

The competition catered for three age groups in both categories of design, with the six winners receiving an iPad Mini and the six runners-up a Raspberry Pi kit.

The entries, which showed tremendous creativity and thought, were judged by Wolfgang Weicht, of TEDx RheinMain, and Max Kübler, from games development company Deck13 Interactive.
To find out more about the winners and to see their entries, visit the L-Zone website.