Students from Hull University have developed a new educational version of the game Minecraft which can be used in schools to teach chemistry to pupils. The new game allows players to explore specially created molecular structures and to gain a further understanding of chemistry.
Minecraft is a popular game where players use building blocks to create structure and landscapes. They are also encouraged to collect treasure and many other items. The aim of developing an educational version is to engage young scientists in a fun and interactive way.
The students developed the project with the help of the university's Minecraft expert, Joel Mills, and senior lecturer in biological chemistry, Dr Mark Lorch.
The game is currently being trialled in secondary schools across London, but it can also be used in primary schools to teach basic science such as how atoms form together to make molecules.
Versions of the new game are available for both students and teachers, and are hosted within Minecraft's educational library.
Dr Lorch said: "As well as structures and molecules to explore, the students have created a host of other surprises for children to roam around and find. You can just explore and read the info about the molecules. But there are also a whole load of treasure chests dotted around filled with goodies, puzzles and quiz books. Some are easy to find, others are fiendishly difficult. If you locate them all then you'll probably have learned a fair bit of chemistry on the way."
Posted by Alan Douglas