Future Factory competition knows its winners

Future Factory Competition results

The competition was focused on turning gaming time into learning time and using Minecraft for tech education. We are very pleased with the work of all participants.

We believe that the participants have taken advantage of not only their current knowledge, but in many cases they have had to learn a lot, and that was one of the purpose of the competition. Teamwork is important, not just today when they are still children and pupils, but mainly for the future in real job. Who built by himself has had a harder task to deal with, and often the individual can not get as much work as the team can do

Impact on students It wasn’t just the competition itself


Competition registration

Competition submissions

160 students
(8 workshops)
4 cities

45 students
(20 team)
5 cities

20 students
(8 team)
3 cities


To promote and introduce Minecraft’s tech education possibilities we’ve realized dedicated workshops. With the support of TIP we ware able to do the workshops in wider the Pilsen’s region.

The workshops were focused on following areas:

  • using coordinates in 3D world
  • logic circuits using redstone
  • programming using command blocks

List of realized workshops:

  • ZS Stankov – 2 workshops – 40 students (4th – 8th grade)
  • ZS Stod – 1 workshop – 21 students (8th grade)
  • ZS Tachov – 1 workshop – 18 students (6th – 9th grade)
  • Pilsen free-time courses – 3x – 39 students (2nd – 6th grade)
  • one workshop UWB Children’s technical university – 40 students (4th – 9th grade)

Altogether 160 children have attended these dedicated workshops.
Every student got it’s own workshop guidelineWorkshop_minecraft reference guide.


20 teams registered for the competition

Only 8 teams submitted final video (It has shown us that building a factory in Minecratf is one thing and creating a video is completely new challenge). Reward for this effort was original t-shirt for every member of the team.

The Winners

I was very hard task for the jury to evaluate all the Future Factories as each factory has it’s unique value. You can still watch all the amazing videos. Avery one who deliver the final video is a kind of winner for us.

The jury were consist of the representatives from TIP member companies:

  • Stefan Wasner, Company executive, ZF Staňkov s.r.o.,
  • Petr KAVALÍŘ Ph.D., MBA, Vice director, New Technologies – Research Centre
  • Vaclava Vachalova, Head of Operational Excellence, Gerresheimer Horsovsky Tyn spol. s r.o.

And one of the nvias mentor:

  • David Žahour

The jury appreciates participants knowledge of computers, programming and orientation in 3D space skills. The jury was very surprised how you can work out the technical concept of the factory together with the interconnection of the overall production process, while appreciating your independence and working to complete the project, which in our competition meant to shoot and send a video that closed the work!


… and the winners are:

Category up to 10 years
Factory # 3 – Mass meal production

Category 11 16 years, freestyle and best video
Factory #5 The Cake Factory

Once again, thank you very much and congratulations on your success!



How to prepare the video for competition?

For all participants of Minecraft FUTURE FACTORY, we have prepared some tips on how to make a video. You will also find answers to your questions here.

First, the most important – where should I place/send my video?

  • You can send the resulting video through the  


  • Screen capture
    • We recommend OBS – Open Broadcaster Software
    • Simply add a source – screen record, window record, or game entry
      To record just press Start recording – the video is saved to the video directory. It is stored in flv format, which can be further processed


  • Intro (we recommend max 30 seconds)
    • Introducing what we will see in the video
    • Team presentation
    • The name of the factory
  • Presentation of the factory (we recommend 2 – 2.5 minutes)
    • Prepare scenario for individual scenes
      • Choose the most interesting parts of your construction
        • Where does the automation work …
        • What is the most beautiful part …
        • Beautiful footage is the entire factory and its surroundings.
        • Then you can present the production part
    • Tell the audience what you are doing at the factory,
      • what is the process (from material to finished products) where you take energy, …
    • Do not forget to tell us what makes from you factory the future factory
      • Is it in the nature and environmentally friendly?
      • Or that he has fully automatic production?
      • … that he produces the products of the future?
      • … that it is energy-conscious?
      • Or simply that it’s nice and everyone would like to work there?
      • How will the factory perform?
        • Try gamemode spectator,
        • or you can go and change the camera view – function key F5
  • Conclusion (we recommend max. 30 seconds)
    • Final report for viewers – Acknowledgments for …
    • Subtitles – Makers of the Factory, Video Makers, …
    • be sure to include the name and author of the music you used

Can I build the factory myself?

YES, we originally imagined that individuals can only participate in the Free Style category. After you insisted that you could not get a buddy to build, we released all categories for individuals as well.

Does the video have to have voiceover?

No, just use some captions so we can understand everything :-). Check out the recommendation – Scenario at the beginning of this article.

Do I need to record video only by recording the screen?

NO, you can shoot a video anyway. If the screen capture is complicated for you, take the phone and record the video on the phone.

Electronic kits “littleBits” on trial in classroom!

During November, we visited the pupils VIII. year 1.ZŠ and showcase the “littleBits” electronic kits in the computer science lesson, in order to open the way to informative thinking instead of teaching office bundles. The class has always been divided into several groups and each was a project based on the kit. One group, according to the instructions, built a car, which subsequently controlled the phone over the Bluetooth, the second group programmed its melody through the computer and finally listened to it. The third group assembled an electrical circuit that physically interconnected with a painted football goal: “If you hit the target, the fanfare will come out!” 🙂 … and so on. Lots of fun and interesting experience with “littleBits”. “After a while the children worked with enthusiasm. They helped each other in the team and the electronics and the programming with the help of the “littleBits” tutorials did no harm! “Mrs. Přibáňová commented in her words.

Would you like to have this in computer science lessons? Reach your teachers and through them the school management to diversify your teaching.

For workshops or equipment for the classrooms, contact us!

littleBits Smart Home Kit

littleBits Smart Home Kit everything you need to make your home smart

Meet the kit that will upgrade your home and bring it into the 21st century. The Smart Home Kit can turn any dumb household object (like a fan or lamp) into an internet-connected device. Instead of buying a bajillion different smart products, you can reinvent the household items you already have.
  • Control your AC from anywhere.
  • Automate your curtains to open at sunrise.
  • Make a remote controlled pet feeder.
  • The Smart Home Kit is the easiest way to Snap the Internet to Anything.
Whether or you’re an experienced maker, a tech-curious family, or a home DIY-er, anyone can improve their room or house with inventions created with the Smart Home Kit.


Included in the Box

  • Includes 14 Bits, ranging from the temperature sensor and MP3 player to the cloudBit
  • 11 accessories allow for ultimate cosmic power, including the AC switch which enables you to control wall outlets [for fans, lights and more!] using littleBits circuits.
  • Note: AC Switch is designed for US electrical outlets only (we provide adapter to EU outlets)
  • Includes everything you need to make internet-connected devices right out of the box
  • Connect everything! Now your entire littleBits library can talk to the internet and vice versa
  • Automate with IFTTT to connect with any web service, like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter, or hardware like NEST and Phillips HUE
  • No wiring, programming, or soldering required to create your own smart devices

You can buy it at shop.nvias.org.

Amazon Alexa & Google AIY Voice kit

We want to introduce you to the world of voice assistants and their programming.

Amazov Alexa

– what she can do
– how to easily program her
– Introducing the Amazon Challenge for $ 20,000
– Are you joining the nvias?

Google AIY Voice kit

– how to put it together
– what it can do
– how to program it
– how to expand it
– where can I buy the kit? shop.nvais.org

WORKSHOP  – 7. prosinec v 17:45–19:15
Location: Kulturka ZČU, Sedláčkova 19, 30100 Plzeň


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nvias transforms next generation from consumers to creators

Nvias is changing technical education. Since the begining nvias is creating a technology-oriented Programs for creators, which combine advanced technology, product design and business, all that learning by playing.

The main mission of nvias is to transform next generation from consumer to creator. The founders believe that a period of big changes is coming and nvias wants to be at the birth of a future generation of creators! That is why it creates a unique space for experimenting and learning new things, where the basis of each program is the creation of a specific product that the participants must be able not just create but also to sell.

In the field of technical education, it is necessary to link education and business more closely, it is necessary to respond and prepare pupils for future needs, which we sometimes don’t know yet. The current project – the Minecraft Future Factory competition motivates kids and students to create a future factory in Minecraft. This project is a clear demonstration of the interconnection between education and business, organized by Nvias with the financial support of the TIP – Technological Initiative Pilsen.

“Minecraft brings unlimited possibilities to learning by playing, from orientation in space, with 3D coordinates, over logical tasks and circuits, to simple programming. If you combine all this things with a long-term task, such is building a factory, children will learn the design thinking, teamwork and project approach. The final production of the video shot is the art of sales and marketing.” says Pavel König, nvias.

“TIP has long been focused on supporting technical education.
After the Technology lined with gold campaign, cooperation with nvias is an important step towards fulfilling our “nine recommendations” in supporting education in technical fields.” responds Pavel Duchek, general secretary of TIP.

“From the perspective nvias we feel the need to spread our Programs for creators in the region, with the financial support from TIP we are able to do it. We were pleasantly surprised by the big interest in Minecraft workshop in Stankov, where we had to split the participants into two terms.
The realized workshops show that in smaller towns the children are more aware of companies operating in their neighborhood, far more than the children in the big cities. Our programs offer companies concrete actions to support technical education in their region to support this relationship even more.” adds Pavel König.

Mentioned competition is not the only program where nvias connects education and business. Worth mentioning is also the program Our Companies, created in cooperation with Smart Edu Plzeň. This is a project day for elementary schools, which aims to show children the way a companies work. Point-out jobs with higher added value and encourage teamwork. Students build a company, invest in the market, build a robot, program it and then try to financially succeed in the business world.

The whole game is accompanied by a mentor with experience from business. At this time, nvias is currently looking for sponsors and companies who want to get involved mentors so that they can spread the program to individual regions.

Registration for the Future Factory competition is open to public  https://www.nvias.org/futurefactory/

Follow nvias on nvias.org and fb.com/nvias.org

Activites of TIP association follow on : http://tipilsen.cz.

Introduction of littleBits Rule Your Room Kit – MAKEY MAKEY

The most important part in the Rule Your Room Kit is a bit which connects all conductive staff you have around you with your littleBits kits.


The Makey Makey Bit turns everyday conductive objects (like bananas) into triggers that control your circuit and even your computer. You can connect the Makey Makey Bit to these objects using alligator clips.


The Makey Makey Bit sends an ON signal to the Bits that follow it when a keypad (LEFT ARROW, SPACE/CLICK, or RIGHT ARROW) is connected to either of the EARTH pads through a conductive material. When you touch both alligator clips at the same time, electricity flows from the LEFT ARROW keypad to the EARTH pad, triggering an ON signal to the buzzer.
This works because humans are conductive. Yes, even you!


Can you invent a prank with the Makey Makey Bit?
What conductive materials can you use to trigger
the prank? Find them all!

Connect Makey Makey bit to your computer and play the piano:


COMPUTER KEYBOARD        GAME – operation

Go to the shop and buy one kit for your experiments shop.nvias.org :-).