Autonomous Region of Madeira takes Festa da Flor to a virtual world in Minecraft

In partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft and the Autonomous Region of Madeira celebrate the Flower Festival with various recreational and learning initiatives taking place worldwide in Minecraft through schools in the region.

Starting this Thursday, May 5th, this initiative, which brings together, for the first time, education and tradition, is aimed at students and teachers of the first and second cycle, as well as the entire community with curiosity. in exploring this new virtual world.

Through Microsoft’s reference pedagogical game, Minecraft: Education Edition, teachers from the Autonomous Region of Madeira will have the opportunity to take students to explore the platform and computing, in the Flower Festival scenario, for the benefit of acquiring knowledge in the areas of Portuguese, Mathematics, Environmental Studies and Natural Sciences. Mundo da Festa da Flor, developed in partnership with Visionarium, allows combining the experience of game-based learning with the traditional way of teaching, enhancing the celebration of this event and involving the youngest in the tradition, as well as attracting the attention of the world. for this unique moment in the Region.

For Sandra Martinho, Director of Education and Philanthropy at Microsoft Portugal,games are, and always have been, a universal language that passes from generation to generation. Associated with leisure, but also with the development of various skills, today, in the digital age, it plays a key role in capturing the attention of students, motivating teachers and capturing the involvement of communities, whether local, regional or even worldwide. In addition to using Minecraft to boost learning, we sought, together with the Madeira Region, to combine this new teaching method with the Flower Festival, making the most of these ‘two worlds’: learning in a creative way and making this party known so unique”.

“In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, and in terms of education, we see technology as a means of qualifying students and improving the quality of teaching in schools. For this same reason, and with the support of Microsoft, we decided to take Festa da Flor, our main event that welcomes the arrival of spring, to the digital universe of Minecraft to continue to qualify, in a differentiating way, the younger, while keeping the tradition alive and perpetuating it in virtual space and time.”, says Jorge Carvalho, Regional Secretary for Education, Science and Technology of the Regional Government of Madeira.

Throughout this month, students and teachers will have access to tutorials on the use of Minecraft and three activities on the Wall of Hope (Portuguese), Flower Carpets (Mathematics) and a Peddy Paper from Flora da Madeira (Study of the Environment / Natural Sciences). This world is available, with external visibility at a national as well as an international level, for the entire education market, here.

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