Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition just announced something the K-12 science education community has been needing for years. In February, Minecraft Education will become the single most engaging and relevant catalyst for K-12 chemistry education. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, the Chemistry Resource Pack will accelerate the process of K-12 students learning, understanding and applying the basic principles of chemistry in a safe and ultimately flexible learning environment. Students as young as 6-years-old can master the atomic composition of elements and then combine those into exciting compounds that can be used to make Minecraft tools. These tools include glow sticks, super fertilizer, underwater TNT and even helium balloons that carry mobs into the sky!
Imagine the future of grade 6-12 chemistry education when vast amounts of grade K-5 students have foundational skills in chemistry. As a Biochemistry university graduate I am delighted that this new learning catalyst will accelerate student understanding of science education moving forward. If you are looking for a tool to strengthen chemistry understanding and skills with K-12 students, Eureka! Look no further than Minecraft Education Edition! The first time your students attach a helium balloon to a pig and watch it fly away will be the perfect moment to hook them on science for the rest of their lives! Congratulations and thanks to the team at Minecraft Education.
I'm an experienced Global Minecraft Mentor, Published Educational Researcher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, Apple Distinguished Educator, TeachSDGs Ambassador and grade 6-12 technology teacher. @BBTNB