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How Minecraft Education is helping students design a greener Croydon

Croydon’s history spans centuries – and it has the architecture to prove it. Often synonymous with post-war era buildings, Croydon in fact has 327 Grade II listed buildings, predating Domesday records at 1086.

But a new design era is dawning for London’s most southerly borough – and it’s based on a video game.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined forces with Minecraft for an exciting challenge aimed at young Londoners. The 2023 Design Future London Schools Challenge invites students to build their future in London in Minecraft, through a collaboration between City Hall, Microsoft’s Minecraft Education and C40 Cities.

Designing a greener Croydon with VOTE

Primary and secondary school students, as well as college and university students, are tasked with reinventing Croydon town center to make it greener, safer and more prosperous for all. As chair of C40 Cities, a network of global mayors seeking to tackle the climate crisis with science-backed goals, Sadiq Khan wants to put sustainability at the heart of the challenge.

The Mayor even makes his virtual debut as a non-player character (NPC), introducing the game to young Londoners and outlining the challenge: making lasting changes to a Minecraft version of Croydon town center using their creative design skills.

The Mayor and his team as Minecraft characters outside City Hall

Each participating student team then creates a 2-minute video of their Minecraft creations, explaining their vision for a greener Croydon.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said: “Creating a greener, fairer and more prosperous London for generations to come is a top priority of mine. Achieving my missions to tackle air pollution and reach net zero carbon by 2030 are a big part of this, so I’m thrilled to have help from the voices of tomorrow.”

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“It was an honor to be featured in blocks and join the Minecraft family to launch the Design Future London Schools Challenge for young Londoners. The London Minecraft World is a fun and engaging way for young Londoners to think critically about the built environment, collaborate with friends and colleagues, and be creative in presenting their vision of the future of the capital.”

“I can’t wait to see the brilliant ideas coming out of this challenge and wish all the young Londoners taking part the best of luck with their entries.”

Empowering young people to bring about change

The competition offers young Londoners the chance to put science-based thinking behind their designs. To support this, the Greater London Authority is offering free access to Minecraft Education to all schools across London.

Minecraft Education is a game-based learning platform set in the Minecraft universe and used by millions of teachers and students around the world.

A Minecraft rendering of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in Minecraft

Through creative challenges such as Schools Reinventing Cities, thousands of young people engage with real-world issues impacting their communities – then design a more inclusive, sustainable future.

“Students from around the world have amazed us with their creativity in designing sustainable solutions for their communities in Minecraft building challenges,” said Allison Matthews, Head of Minecraft Education. “We are delighted that through this partnership with the Mayor of London and C40, we will connect these ideas directly to London’s leadership. The Design Future London challenge will give students insight into the impact of climate change on Croydon, inspire them to think about future green careers and show city leaders what kind of city they want to grow up in.”

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Commenting on the initiative, Microsoft UK CEO Clare Barclay said: “I am delighted to be working with the Mayor of London and C40 to bring free Minecraft Education licenses to schools across London. It’s a great opportunity for us to support the mayor’s agenda for sustainability and education, and to encourage young people to rethink the place where they live. I can’t wait to see what the students create.”

The closing date for all entries is Tuesday, April 25, 2023. To register your interest, please register using this form and find full details of the challenge here.

Tags: Education, Gaming, london, minecraft, sustainability



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