Minecraft has been used to do extraordinary things. From the ever-blooming learning platform of Minecraft: Education Edition to the limit-bashing efforts of the SpecialEffect crew in the UK, the game has been utilized time and time again to bring people together for specific goals.
For BlockBuilders, their goal was to encourage real life application.
An organization in Brighton, UK, BlockBuilders’ main goal was to empower young people (especially children) to get involved with city-planning, environmental discussion, and any other conversation that allows the application of the game to the real-world. Seeing the potential in the demographic, they inspire the idea of initiative and talk in their communities, such as suggestions of city structure and the growth of connections towards their heritage.
How they would do this is simple: They would organize events in different areas of the UK such as Brighton, and they would talk with the kids regarding architecture and urban planning. On special occasions, they would use the game to explain other concepts — UK history, the water cycle, ecology, and many more. The kids are then allowed to brainstorm and interact in Minecraft to learn and suggest changes on what can be done to improve the world; these propositions would be printed on a 3D-scale, and are given to urban planners for consideration and review.
To make this happen, they connected and worked with numerous organizations in the UK. They have collaborated with Blockworks, English Heritage, The Living Coast, JTP, Microsoft Education, and the list goes on.
With this type of organization, people are free to book workshops with them if you’re wanting to get involved with the program, and their contact information is on the website if any businesses are open to deals or partnerships. TEDxBrighton also has a video focused on one of the members if you’re interested in learning more about them and their mission.
Real world application is an important skill for a person to develop (especially at an early age). They need to be allowed the tools to change things for the better — and be given the ability to fail and adapt in the process, and it’s hard to acknowledge compromise and acceptance in a world that usually likes to focus on the exact opposite. BlockBuilder’s mission is a respectable one in this day and age.
Children and teenagers should be given the ability and acknowledgment that their actions do matter in the grand scheme of things, and what they’ve done in the program is a testament to that.