Minecraft as an educational tool? Really?

Is your child obsessed with Minecraft? Did you know it is an incredibly useful educational tool that parents can get on board with?

Before I met Graham Bridge, leader of a number of coding clubs in the St Albans and Harpenden area I thought Minecraft was like all the other games children play but maybe a little more addictive. How wrong was I? Graham is passionate about the value of Minecraft as an educational tool. It can show you how electronics works and can help teach code to children of all ages. BUT parents don’t know enough about it and quite often hold back their children’s  learning becaMinecraft free imageuse they don’t appreciate it’s value in learning. In Graham’s own words:

Children in my computer clubs are often limited in what they do with Minecraft at home because their parents don’t fully appreciate its value, or are afraid it is just another game taking up valuable time that should be better spent on something more serious.
When given suggestions such as “Build a mob trap that will harvest the valuable resources they drop when they perish” will lead to research on Youtube and a complex project evolves using physics of water flow, pistons, trapdoors and more.  This talk is a great chance to show parents the value of the game and how to steer it in the right direction.’

Graham will be speaking to parents on Feb 10th at the SandPit Theatre from19.30-21.00 presenting Minecraft to parents. Go to www.keystoneworkshops.co.uk/events/minecraftfriend-or-for/ to book. Tickets cost £16pp in advance and £18 at the door(if tickets are available).

Lydia El-Khouri is the Director of Keystone Workshops