Governor Tomblin Challenges WV Students to Build a Virtual Capitol

June 06, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is challenging West Virginia students to build a virtual West Virginia capitol building using Minecraft. The contest is hosted in collaboration with Governor Tomblin’s STEM Initiative, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the West Virginia Department of Education and The Education Alliance.

Students are encouraged to use Minecraft to either create a replica of the current West Virginia Capitol Building or create a new state capitol building for West Virginia. The contest is open to West Virginia students grades PreK-12, including private school and homeschool students.

“As our state’s students continue to develop interest in technology-based hobbies and activities, it’s important that we encourage them to pursue their curiosities,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Science, technology, engineering and math education creates critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and collaborators – skills that help to develop the foundation of learning for the jobs we are creating here in West Virginia.”

Winners will be selected in elementary, middle and high school grades. More than $6,000 worth of prizes will be awarded. Awards will be presented at a special event hosted in fall 2016.

To enter the contest, students must register by June 20, 2016 by visiting: Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2016. To submit, students must email a picture or screen shot of their capitol building creation to ( and include "Minecraft Contest Submission" in the email subject line.

For more information, visit the FAQ page of the registration site at or contact the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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