Finally, in September 2018 we organised a massive Minecraft event at the University of Leicester! One hundred children participated in this amazing exercise. At this point I should probably apologise to the other one hundred that were stuck in the waiting list. The lack of computers and space did not allow us to accept more but we hope to include them in our future events.
This was a day with a twist! The children were allowed to chose between playing with Minecraft or designing and coding in Minecraft! At that point we were not certain how successful this idea would be. Imagine our surprise when we realised that almost two thirds of the children preferred the coding exercise! We had a bunch of aspiring coders in our hands.
We understand how important Minecraft is in the learning process. On one hand it excites the imagination of the children. After all, this is just Lego playing in the Digital World. On the other hand it provides them with some basic coding skills. It trains their brain to think and react in a specific way. And we are hoping to built on this basis.
Minecraft is just the beginning of a long journey that will allow children to build their own innovative products online. In 10 or 20 years from now they will be living in a very different world from the one we reside. Let us hope that, by then, they will have the right toolkit to thrive in it!
I would like to give a BIG Thank You to the University of Leicester and specifically the Informatics Department that made this day so enjoyable for all.