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Digital entertainment is helping children think more creatively

By Benjamin Arts

Staff Writer

Minecraft fosters creativity. As the following article by the Telegraph explains, “This video game puts players in a randomly-generated world where they can create their own structures and contraptions out of textured cubes.” People have infinite possibilities to create whatever they want to. The following picture includes one of the many builds that I have created:

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Almost 144 million copies have been sold so far, and the game is still growing and expanding as we speak! Now, why would 144 million people buy a block game? Well, the main reason is for the creative aspect and multiplayer system. Let’s talk about that!

According to minecraft.net, on May 17, 2009, Minecraft was put into beta mode and introduced a game where you can build anything as far as your imagination. This mode was called singleplayer which only had grass blocks, but you could still build anything you would like.

According to minecraft.gamepedia, on June 8, 2009, multiplayer was released, this expanded the game even more. Now people could play with each other and do even more things. Over the last 9 years, Minecraft has had 53 updates that brought new aspects into the game like mobs, new blocks, PvP updates, and much more.

According to education.minecraft.net, the purpose of the game is for people to use it for entertainment, but also for education. According to education.minecraft.net, almost 800 schools in America use Minecraft to teach students to be more creative!

According to wired.com, the creator of Minecraft, Notch, started this game by basing it off Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper, and Infiminer. He got the collecting resources idea from Dwarf Fortress, he got the survival exploration idea from Dungeon Keeper, and he got the idea of building with resources from Infiminer.

The weaknesses of Minecraft: players often become obsessed with the game – most players usually play the game for long periods of time of their life because of the things that you can do, which most parents state is mindless, according to Parent Herald; it is also easy to lose track of time. According to Minecraft logs of certain players, an average player that opens up the game will play longer than two hours which is past the regular amount stated by the Oxford Study.

See below for a video review:

Art helps the reform and rehabilitation of the brain

By Benjamin Arts and Kunal Puri

Staff Writer

The reform and rehabilitation of the brain through art can be achieved through different forms of art like paintings, music or anything creative.

Art therapy can be used for many different people and their problems. Lissa Thiele, a juvenile justice commissioner for Santa Clara County, explained, “In the work that I do, often times, part of the rehabilitation of our youth is through art, which is a way how students can use imagery, colors and different types of art works to express what they are feeling on the inside.”

Reform through art can be used for students to express their feelings in a much easier way. Instead of having to communicate what they are feeling on the inside verbally, which can sometimes be very hard, they now do it through drawing and painting.

Ms. Thiele added, “Art is a higher form of language: higher than vocabulary and words to express what that feeling is. Instead, art allows us to engage in a higher level to express feelings.”

In the video linked below, at the times 1:23 and 1:57, there are some examples of her students’ art pieces that they created to show and express their feelings through art. Ms. Thiele said, “In my opinion, I think that this form of rehabilitation really works!”

Another person with hands-on experience in this area is Aaron Calvert, the teacher of the Expeditions class Exploring Music.

“One of the things that we explore in our class is the connection between what we hear and the emotions and feelings that go on in our brain. So for people who have substance abuse problems or behavioral issues, we can use music to treat those in a psychological or medical kind of treatment,” Mr. Calvert said. “They [the commissioners] can connect the good memories and emotions to certain songs to help them recover from addictions or behavior issues. This can be used as what the person likes to listen to or what connects them to the past, which can help them express themselves to others about traumatic pasts.”

Music can help people cope with issues and problems. People can use memories and emotions tied to certain songs to express their trauma and remove that pressure from their life. This can make it easier for a person to continue on.

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Entrepreneurship class influences young minds

By Benjamin Arts and Kunal Puri

Staff Writers

At Summit Public School: Tahoma, a class is establishing new entrepreneurs. Here students use their creative skills and learn how to create their own businesses.

Aaron Calvert, the teacher, stated, “I had my background in Business Education, and, at Summit, I had the chance to teach something that I love – Entrepreneurship!” 

Entrepreneurship Teacher – Aaron Calvert

The class consists of a variety of immersive activities, including lectures from business professionals, creative problem solving and a step-by-step guide to creating your own enterprise. All of these activities help contribute to students’ further knowledge of business.

Once students have configured their business, they will be able to present their business idea to investors and maybe even start off their enterprise. This competition is run through NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Tahoma sophomore Benjamin Arts, who took the course last year, stated, “I started my own business, a YouTube channel, which has changed my life vastly. Now, almost every day I post a video, and I enjoy making it and I think people enjoy watching it too.” This demonstrates how entrepreneurship changes students’ lives and how it has influenced Arts to work on something different in his life.

Entrepreneurship can change a person’s life. In Arts’ case, he started up a business and is still going with that. He gained knowledge on how to start up a business and will maybe even do it for the rest of his life.

Tahoma senior Ryan Guyton said the hardest aspect of the class is “the creativity part of it. The class pushes us to think of an original idea and come up with something that can change our life!” Entrepreneurship pushes students to think of an original idea that could lead them in the path of being self-employed.

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Shark Tank is often used as inspiration during class.

Living in Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world, everyone needs to succeed, and what better way to do it than by creating your own business? Having your own idea that stands out from the rest can be the thing you need to prosper.

Entrepreneurship is a class accessible to everyone, and, with a dash of hard work, vast imagination and a love for Shark Tank, anyone is able to succeed because of the class community and the supportive teacher.

See below for a video piece about the course: