I don't know it either, but it sounds like you should get up to speed on it so that you know which potential analogies exist.
It would be so cool to find a way to use it! These boys seemed particularly engaged during my intro and asked good questions so perhaps they are top students and/or they play games typically played by older kids. I asked a few other teams, "You know Minecraft?" but gave up after a few blank stares. Although 60 seconds sounds like a lot of time to teach someone to orient and read a map, follow an O course and use an SI card, the time goes surprisingly quickly. ;)
It turns out you get a lot of results if you google "Minecraft orienteering". There are third party maps where you can practise navigation to help you find your way around the mines.
It sounds like real orienteering is much easier! In some versions of Minecraft, the sun rises in the north and sets in the south. Also, there's stuff like this: "I've read that you can set your spawn point by sleeping in a bed. However, the compass WILL NOT point to your bed until you die and respawn at your bed. This might only work if you started a new world after the update."
It might be easier for me to teach kids orienteering in Portuguese!
1000 kids! Wow! Too bad they don't have these out West....
Sorry to hear about your neck :(
Thanks. :( It is so fun to see the variety of kids and their approaches to the race. Some of them seem to be dressed to walk around a shopping mall. Other teams wear matching outfits, athletic or otherwise. Some of them hang on my every word while others are too jazzed to absorb any of it. At least one kid kept his earbuds in and just watched the teams ahead of him. (Not the worst strategy.)