The Crown Estate partners with Microsoft UK to build Minecraft Education worlds to educate and inspire the next generation of environmentalists and conservationists - The Crown Estate

Students across the UK will have the opportunity to test their green skills and learn more about the challenges of planning offshore wind farms and protecting the marine environment in a new Minecraft Education world, ‘Offshore Wind Power Challenge’. They will also learn about conservation and ecology through a second world based on the iconic Windsor Great Park.

The worlds are part of a sustainability education initiative being launched by The Crown Estate and Microsoft aimed at inspiring and engaging primary and senior school students to grow their knowledge and skills around climate change and the natural environment, and to consider careers in areas such as engineering, sustainability and conservation. The partnership exposes more students to the growing world of offshore wind, making important subject material accessible to a broader and younger audience, and allowing them to engage with exciting new challenges through immersive and interactive game-based learning.

Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, with over 140 million monthly active users in 112 countries, and is especially popular with younger players. Minecraft Education provides educational content for schools globally where students can learn about a wide variety of subjects via creative gameplay. The team at Mojang Studios, the creators of Minecraft, believes it has a responsibility to use Minecraft to build a better world and inspire generations of game changers, especially around themes of global citizenship and sustainability.

The initiative includes two new worlds created for Minecraft Education, each with supporting lesson plans and teaching materials aligned with the curriculums in each of the UK’s devolved nations. The worlds are also due to be released on Minecraft Bedrock Edition later this year, as will Welsh language versions of the two worlds.

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Posted On: 28/09/2023

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