A stunningly accurate replica of Waterloo Collegiate in Minecraft, built by former WCI students, has been shared on YouTube.
The project was first started in September 2014 by Titus An and a few of his friends (credited at the end of the video and in the description). It was completed before the end of that same school year and uploaded to Youtube this summer. The 8-minute video, that travels through different areas of the school, had already garnered several hundred views by the time of this article’s publication.
Titus described his process: “First, I found the floor plan of the building in [the] student handbook that is distributed each year, then I scanned them into the computer and did a fairly accurate measurement that counted pixels, which later was proportionally converted to the distance in [the] game.” He and his friends then filled in more details, focusing on specific rooms of the school.
He explained that he came up with the idea of creating it after seeing similar projects online: “I thought it would be interesting to have the place where I study replicated in a virtual world. There was also the sense of achievement I imagined [I would have] when I actually completed it (and there is!).”
He has been using Minecraft since 2012, but this was the first time he attempted doing a project of this kind and size. Despite this being a first attempt for him, many people have been impressed with the accuracy and detail of the replica, and it has been shared by multiple social media users on Twitter and Facebook.
While almost all of the creators have graduated high school and are now in university, Titus shared, “Despite the heavy school work, we sometimes still play Minecraft together.” Perhaps this digital medium for designing worlds is a way to maintain high school relationships long after the students have exited the physical building.