Digital Learning

How Minecraft is Making Science More Appealing to Students with Autism

Science Hunters is an outreach project that is using the popular computer game Minecraft to help build community and encourage scientific inquiry. Laura Hobbs and the Lancaster University team show how they have found success supporting students with autism to develop scientific and research skills.

Science Hunters is an educational outreach project, based at Lancaster University, which uses the computer game Minecraft to engage children with learning about science. This approach naturally enthuses the students to engage by using a medium which is familiar and appealing. Through Minecraft, children can become fully immersed in the topic, exploring it in the game, and they can also communicate with each other in both the virtual and real worlds through collaborative building.

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