Minecraft game promoting food careers to young people

Launching as part of Digital Manufacturing Week, the vertical farming-themed Skills Miner game promotes sustainable food production and engineering careers to Key Stage 3 pupils aged 11 to 14.

Enginuity digital product manager Helenna Vaughan-Smith said: “There is engineering in everything, and if young people can engage with STEM and engineering careers in an exciting and relevant way, they have the capability to change their world and ours. We just need to give them the opportunity to explore it.

Careers and green skills

“Through the game, teachers will now be able to bring exciting new careers and green skills into the classroom environment and draw the link for students between science, the curriculum, sustainability, future green skills and careers.”

Liverpool-based vertical farming expert Farm Urban helped develop the game, which sees players work as an engineer on a vertical farm in an abandoned carpet factory. The game is built inside of Minecraft, the best selling game of all time.

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft video game image

Minecraft is the best selling game of all time. Image courtesy of Mojang

Minecraft is a video game that allows players to create their own worlds using a series of blocks not unlike Lego bricks. However, unlike traditional construction toys, Minecraft also allows players to use mechanisms to create working machines in game and even allows coding. This allows users to make anything from simple mining machines to working computers.

An education version of the game has been used by schools to teach everything from ancient history to Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.

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