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Science Hunters:an inclusive approach to engaging with science through Minecraft

Hobbs, Laura Kate and Stevens, Carly Joanne and Hartley, Jacquelyn and Hartley, Calum Keith (2019) Science Hunters:an inclusive approach to engaging with science through Minecraft. Journal of Science Communication, 18 (02). ISSN 1824-2049

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    Abstract

    Science Hunters is an outreach project which employs the computer game Minecraft to engage children with scientific learning and research through school visits, events, and extracurricular clubs. We principally target children who may experience barriers to accessing Higher Education, including low socioeconomic status, being the first in their family to attend university, and disability (including Special Educational Needs). The Minecraft platform encourages teamwork and makes science learning accessible and entertaining for children, irrespective of background. We employ a flexible approach that adapts to the needs of the users. More than 8000 children have been engaged in the first four years, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Science Communication
    Subjects:
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    ID Code: 130639
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 22 Jan 2019 11:00
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 01:14
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/130639

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