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    UK launches computer game to attract young into construction management

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    MinecraftA UK professional body has launched a computer game to attract a new generation of construction professionals through Minecraft. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says there is an urgent need to attract new talent because more than 400,000 UK construction workers are set to retire between 2018 and 2023. The game, ‘Craft your Future’, lets 12-14-year-olds explore the methods and skills needed to become a construction manager. In a series of four, free Minecraft Education Lessons, that can be downloaded by teachers anywhere and accessed via the Minecraft Education Platform, students encounter a variety of problems that reflect construction challenges in cities today. The lessons cover four areas of construction, maintenance, restoration, new build and refurbishment. The lessons take place in Newtown, a specially created virtual city in Minecraft, to design, plan, collaborate and build solutions that develop a sustainable future for all its citizens. Exercises also include real life scenarios like the challenge of restoring Battersea Power Station. Developed alongside the Gameworkshop from Denmark and the Danish Architecture Centre, each lesson runs between 3 – 6 hours where groups of students usually in teams of 3 or 4 collaborate across the lessons.

    Source: globalconstructionreview.com

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