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), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18020801