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Inclusive exploration of sustainable goals and solutions through Minecraft

Hobbs, Laura; Bentley, Sophie; Behenna, Sarah; Stevens, Carly

Authors

Sophie Bentley

Sarah Behenna Sarah.Behenna@uwe.ac.uk
Research Associate - CHSS - DAS

Carly Stevens



Abstract

Science Hunters has successfully used the computer game Minecraft to engage children with science since 2014, using a specific approach that promotes learning within the framework of defined topics, whilst encouraging exploration of the elements that most interest individuals. The main audience is children who may be experiencing barriers to accessing educational opportunities.
As an overarching endeavour, Science Hunters links to Sustainable Development Goals around inclusive education and lifelong learning opportunities (SDG4). This case study focuses on the Science Hunters engineering strand, Building to Break Barriers. The project worked with children from groups under-represented in engineering, specifically including girls and ensuring clear representation (60% of 15 recruited) of women within the participating engineer cohort; linking to the Sustainable Development goals of empowering all women and girls (SGD5).
Developed topics delivered opportunities to engage with engineering and environmental solutions to specific real-world problems. These linked, for example, to elements of the Sustainable Development Goals such as food security (SDG 2), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and life on land (SDG 15) and embedded awareness of these issues through engaging with a familiar and popular medium. Feedback included that the project “made engineering accessible” for their children, and that it was “wonderful, especially for the girls, to see so many females in STEM roles.”

Citation

Hobbs, L., Bentley, S., Behenna, S., & Stevens, C. (2022, August). Inclusive exploration of sustainable goals and solutions through Minecraft. Presented at SEEDS 2022. International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society, University of the West of England

Presentation Conference Type Speech
Conference Name SEEDS 2022. International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society
Conference Location University of the West of England
Start Date Aug 31, 2022
End Date Sep 2, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2022
Keywords sustainable solutions, Minecraft
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9995140
Related Public URLs https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events/conferences/seeds-conference-2022/