ABOUT "CRAFT YOUR FUTURE"
Freely available lessons for teachers worldwide
More than 400,000 UK construction workers are set to retire between 2018 and 2023 creating an urgent need to attract a new generation of construction professionals.
‘Craft your Future’, developed by the Chartered Institute of Building, is a construction game aimed at 12-14 year olds that takes place in Minecraft. Through it young learners explore the methods and skills to become a construction manager, introducing them to a career in construction.
In a series of four freely available Minecraft Education Lessons, that can be downloaded by teachers anywhere and accessed via the Minecraft Education Platform, students encounter a variety of problems that reflect construction challenges in cities today. The lessons take place in Newtown, a specially created virtual city in Minecraft, to design, plan, collaborate and build solutions that develop a sustainable future for all its citizens. Exercises also include real life scenarios like the challenge of restoring Battersea Power Station.
Minecraft is being successfully used in schools to teach computer science programming, chemistry, physics, architecture and even introducing some of the world’s most famous artists to young people through games like Tate Worlds by the Tate.
Such is the impact of Minecraft Education in March 2015 it was announced by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure that it will provide free licenses to over 200 schools (circa 50,000 school children), and 30 libraries in Northern Ireland to inspire creative writing and engage young people in city planning.
Working with The Gameworkshop from Denmark and the Danish Architecture Centre each CIOB lesson runs between 3 – 6 hours where groups of students usually in teams of 3 or 4 collaborate across the lessons. The lessons cover 4 areas of construction, maintenance, restoration, new build and refurbishment.
‘Craft your future - Learning Construction in Minecraft’ has been created with The Danish Architecture Centre as a special adviser on architecture for children and young people. The Danish Architecture Centre has gained experience with Minecraft as a learning tool through the project ‘Chasing Community’ created in collaboration with ‘BL – Federation of Social Housing Organizations’
At The Gameworkshop, trainees take part in an educational community focused on game development. Through their interest and expertise in games, they learn to develop the skills needed to make video games.
Based on these skills, we offer game companies and organizations our services in testing, co-developing and producing games for education. Our most recent project has been developing a Minecraft based learning material for The CIOB that introduces young learners to the world of construction.