Future Scot reports that more than 400 schoolchildren have used Minecraft in their bid to set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. The youngsters from Paisley took part in a class that used Minecraft: Education Edition to recreate local buildings, including the town’s Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory in the country.
Two lecturers and an architect guided the children, from eight local primary schools, through the history of Paisley and helped them use code to create buildings in the game. They also designed Coats Observatory on paper before David Renton, West College Scotland curriculum and quality leader for computing, used co-ordinates and coding to create a replica of the building within Minecraft.
The record attempt will now be sent to the Guinness World Records for verification. However, it is believed the Paisley schoolchildren have beaten the previous record set by Scottish-born teacher Stephen Reid, who used Minecraft to teach 341 students about historical architecture in Pennsylvania.
Neal Manegold, director of Minecraft Education, said: “Minecraft is a creative platform for any student, and becomes even more powerful when players can create together. The Minecraft education team is excited to see this study of architecture on such a large scale, involving mathematics, design thinking and collaboration to achieve learning goals. This is a perfect example of how Minecraft: Education Edition is really only limited by our imagination.”
As part of the world record attempt, each school that was represented will receive a copy of Minecraft: Education Edition to help them teach pupils and create coding clubs.
Minecraft: Education Edition allows pupils to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game. Teachers can also take photos of work and create plans, guides and chalkboards to help with a range of subjects, from maths and physics to history and languages. Sample lessons include “City Planning for Population Growth”, “Exploring Factors and Multiples” and “Effects of Deforestation”.
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