Students will be offered lessons about the construction industry in the popular Minecraft video game.
Welcome to Newtown, a city with a youthful demographic. In fact, the average citizen is 12-14 years old.
That’s because the virtual city has been designed in the video game Minecraft to teach students about construction industry skills.
Over 400,000 construction workers are heading for retirement between 2018 and 2023, according to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
The CIOB hopes to tempt replacements into the industry through a Minecraft course called Craft your Future.
Four lessons in the virtual city teach students about maintenance, restoration, new build and refurbishment.
“Combining Minecraft and a thorough curriculum for the teacher makes for a unique and immersive experience and will help reveal why the industry is important and why a career in construction can be so rewarding,” said CIOB deputy chief executive Bridget Bartlett.
“There are 70M people playing Minecraft and, just like Lego, it has the capacity to inspire and attract a new wave of construction managers into an ever-increasing digital industry.
“What is exciting is that these young learners will not only have fun but also develop their communication, team working and mathematics skills; skills that construction has a high demand for. The lessons are designed to be teacher friendly and we hope construction employers will also want to use them in schools as they bid to switch the next generation onto a career in construction.”
Pia Rost Rasmussen from the Danish Architecture Centre added: “These lessons will teach young learners about the importance of architecture, building and city planning and inspire them to engage with the built environment – both as future professionals but foremost as citizens who have a role to play in how our common environment is shaped to fit society’s needs.”
In March, CIOB launched a Minecraft competition to mark International Construction Management Day and encourage interest in the built environment.