Minecraft and Frozen Planet 2 Collaborative Adventure Map Preview


Minecraft and Frozen Planet 2 Collaborative Adventure Map Preview

BBC Earth and Minecraft Education have teamed up to create a unique collaborative project based on Frozen Planet 2 narrated by David Attenborough. They’ve created five free-to-download Minecraft adventure maps, each with vast landscapes, different animals, and educational mini-games. .

To really understand the impact of this collaboration, we need to look at the target audience, the oft-seen pre-teen Minecraft fan. One such specimen resides in my house. At just 12 years old, this particular Minecraft fan is a prime target for our experiment. He has played Minecraft for years, is a master of his craft (as well as mining) and shows his passion through a variety of clothing and Lego sets scattered around his room. The boy in question also loves penguins, which makes him perfect for viewing.


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Ashcroft, already a master of Minecraft Bedrock Edition, quickly loads the world and proceeds to open it. As I step back to watch, I see the game open to a player character dressed in arctic explorer gear. Walking out the door, you’re immediately immersed in a frozen world like you’ve never seen in Minecraft before, and trust me, I’ve seen a ridiculously large number of Minecraft videos in my time. This is a real arctic adventure, and the first task is to create a nest for a baby penguin.

The player character changes and so does my son’s face when he realizes that it is the Penguin. This new world not only contains your favorite animal, but it can actually be one. I’m pretty sure this is everything you ever wanted from Minecraft right here.

As we watch, the boy collects rocks and builds a nest, all while fending off other penguins looking to steal his hard-to-find pebbles. There is a timer which can be a bit frustrating for younger kids, but overall the game is simple and fun. You can flap your wings at other penguins to make them back up and make sure you can focus on your task. The child’s eyes are fixed on the screen and you can tell that he is in his element.

Watch as our Minecraft fanatic moves to an underwater area where he’s now an orca, following echolocation markers to summon his pod to knock a seal off an iceberg. Here, the tween’s natural state as omniscient takes over as he switches to educational mode, telling me all about echolocation, as if he hadn’t learned it at all three minutes ago from the same information I also read. Clearly, the educational aspect of this project has had some impact on our topic.

Rounding out the preview is the chance to explore the world as a researcher, taking photos and gathering information on the three species we met to fill out a journal. This is where the unrestricted minecraft expert really comes to life. After discovering all that was required of him, my son’s primal Minecraft instincts kicked in and he immediately checked if he could change the world from adventure to creativity. This led to the discovery of how deep these worlds really are.

He took me on an adventure, flying over the vast frozen landscapes, to each and every building he encountered, mainly to see if they had toilets because that’s what 12-year-olds do, and finally to an empty island. He named this “penguin island” and proceeded to spam the spawning eggs he found as if his life depended on it. Now this beautiful, realistic arctic world has about 157 random penguins all chilling on a mountainside, some new structures he created for fun, and an accidental penguin abomination caused by overzealous egg spamming that we’ll never talk about. .

Overall, the collaboration of Minecraft and Frozen Planet 2 was an amazing experience, and seeing my son enjoy something so much was a joy. I was also inwardly glad at the prospect of some deep and immersive Geography homeschool lessons that would require virtually no planning on my part, and the project exceeded all of my expectations. David Attenborough, who narrates the show, and BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit are already an amazing combination that I’ve loved for years, adding Minecraft to the equation just adds a new dimension to really engaging kids in a way where they can connect instantly.

These adventure maps are now available for free in Minecraft Education and Bedrock editions, with world downloads and supporting learning materials available at the Minecraft Education website.

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