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Science Hunters: An inclusive approach to engaging with science through Minecraft

Hobbs, Laura; Stevens, Carly; Hartley, Jackie; Hartley, Calum


Carly Stevens

Jackie Hartley

Calum Hartley


Science Hunters is an outreach project which employs the computer game Minecraft to engage children with scientific learning and research through school visits, events, and extracurricular clubs. We principally target children who may experience barriers to accessing Higher Education, including low socioeconomic status, being the first in their family to attend university, and disability (including Special Educational Needs). The Minecraft platform encourages teamwork and makes science learning accessible and entertaining for children, irrespective of background. We employ a flexible approach that adapts to the needs of the users. More than 8000 children have been engaged in the first four years, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.


Hobbs, L., Stevens, C., Hartley, J., & Hartley, C. (2019). Science Hunters: An inclusive approach to engaging with science through Minecraft. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 18(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 13, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2019
Publication Date Feb 11, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 15, 2019
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
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