Building to Break Barriers
An outreach project that aims to engage children with engineering, using the computer game Minecraft.
Building to Break Barriers is an outreach project that aims to engage children from under-represented groups with engineering, using the computer game Minecraft, a popular computer game that allows players to build limitless, imaginative creations.
Minecraft’s endless building possibilities have many analogies to real-world processes, and so can be used to demonstrate and explain scientific concepts. Minecraft is an effective science communication tool, and its use in educational settings helps children learn and gives them a sense of ownership and expertise.
Building to Break Barriers will co-produce ten new engineering outreach sessions with engineers, children, and young people. Sessions will be delivered to schools, specific groups, at Minecraft clubs and public events around the UK. To increase representation, the children involved will be from under-represented groups, and so will some of the engineers.
If you are an engineer and wish to get involved with creating and delivering outreach sessions, you can contact the project at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive tailored one-to-one outreach training and support throughout the project and will be able to choose the type and level of involvement to suit your individual circumstances.
UK children and schools are also invited to participate in co-designing outreach sessions with the project team and engineers. This can include contributing an idea for a session topic, voting on a selection of session topics, suggesting hands-on resources, or designing part of a Minecraft challenge. Contributions will be tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and children. If you are a school or a parent who knows a child or a group of children who would like to be involved, you can contact the project at email@example.com.
Participation in Building to Break Barriers sessions will be remote throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Any queries on how to get involved can be directed to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minecraft and Engineering education resources
- Earthquake-resistant buildings (PDF)
- Engineering the Summer Olympics (PDF)
- Engineering the Winter Olympics (PDF)
- Engagement through Minecraft: Available editions (PDF) on the available editions of Minecraft has been developed through Science Hunters.
This guide was produced in 2021 as part of the Building to Break Barriers project, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Ingenious Awards scheme (please note that the information contained within this document is subject to change and should be confirmed by users, and does not constitute recommendations).
- Engaging children with STEM using Minecraft (PDF)
(Please note this guide was produced in 2021. Information contained within this document may be subject to change and should be confirmed by users, and does not constitute recommendations).
- Eruption-resistant buildings (PDF)
- Farms of the future (PDF)
- Tunnels (PDF)