Redefining the Classroom

LSSU invites EUP high school students to Minecraft competition

Posted: February 19th, 2014

Re-scheduled from Feb. 22.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s School of Mathematics and Computer Science is inviting Eastern Upper Peninsula high school students to sharpen their problem-solving skills during a Minecraft Competition from 1-4 p.m. on March 29 at the LSSU Center for Applied Sciences.

The three-hour competition will involve more than just playing the game, according to LSSU Prof. Chris Smith, who is organizing the event.

“We’ll have a series of challenges where students will gather resources, build structures from drawings or photographs, design simple electrical circuits and, of course, surviving in Minecraft’s ‘hardcore world.’

“The resource challenge is really Minecraft’s ‘knapsack’ problem,” Smith said, “And the building challenge is really just using Minecraft to model and visualize structures like an architect would. As for the circuit challenge -- well, redstone and minecarts can be used to build mechanisms that operate just like their real-world counterparts. The bottom line is that Minecraft is a lot more than just a game.”

Entry fee is $5 to help cover snacks and prizes, Smith said. Space is limited to 24 participants, who may register by sending a note to The competition will be held in room 303 of the Center for Applied Science. Smith said if there’s enough demand, LSSU will schedule another tournament later in the spring. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Christopher Smith, 635-2162,