Course faculty say it could help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math.
A graduate education course is showing teachers from across the state how to implement the game Minecraft in their classes. Course faculty say it could help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. Minecraft is a popular video game that allows you to build elaborate structures, gather resources and fly, among many other things. Some people call Minecraft virtual Legos. For engineering faculty Lori Sowa and her teaching team, Minecraft is also a way to get kids to think critically, collaborate and solve problems, which is why they’ve made Minecraft part of a graduate education course. Development of the course was supported by a pre-college grant from the Alaska Space Grant Program and a Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant from the Department of Education and Early Development. The goal is to help teachers brush up on science, technology, engineering and math content.