Build A Fort with Jake Compton



Build A Fort with Jake Compton

What Will I Learn?

Students examine the structure and function of forts by building one themselves in Minecraft: Education Edition.

About Course

Students examine the structure and function of forts by building one themselves.

Guiding Ideas 

  • Why do you think people built forts along the Trail?
  • What can we learn from the design of the forts about the lives of these folks?
  • What purpose would a fort serve in your local town or city today?

Performance expectations

Military post or small town?  After many long days traveling through wilderness, travelers would periodically be rewarded with a little touch of civilization.  Forts offered not only military protection but an opportunity to replenish supplies and rest.  After researching some of the different forts and their many functions, build your own fort in Minecraft: Education Edition.  Once you have created your Fort, create an ad for your fort, encouraging travelers to visit it. To be a complete fort, make sure your build includes:

  • All external walls need to be at least 10 blocks high
  • Include a secure entry door and no secret passages
  • Include covered sleep and storage areas to keep food safe
  • Include watchtowers to stay protected

Student Activities

Students will research forts along the trail and explore what purposes they served travelers throughout their journey.  Students will then design their own fort and create it with supplies provided.

Age level 

  • 8 – 10 years old  


  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking


  • Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, or iPad
  • Access to  Minecraft Education Edition (included FREE with enrollment)

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