Irish students are building their own homage to 1916 through Minecraft
Students across Ireland are building their own homage to 1916 through Minecraft.
An ambitious "digital storytelling" competition called MindRising Games has been launched for schools and youth groups across Ireland.
It invites students to tell the story of Ireland, through "the past, the future or a journey" of Ireland, choosing either 1916, 2016 or 2116 as their inspiration.
A collaboration between MindRising, Microsoft and the DCU Institute of Education, MindRising is bringing gamification to classrooms, something that many people have called for in recent years.
Gar Mac Críosta, co-founder of MindRising said: "Our initial focus was to create tools to support teachers in educating their students about the Rising.
"We created the GPO and Dublin Castle in Minecraft along with lesson plans and supports, and have moved on to build and borrow other sites from Northern Ireland.
"We’re currently building a futurescape of urban living in a 2066 city featuring landmarks from Limerick, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Dublin. All content is freely available to download use and hack."
The Games will focus on openness and sharing and it has already received pre-launch entries from as far afield as Australia, Israel, Alaska and Malta.
Entrants are encouraged to publish and share their work including video snippets, audio recordings, Minecraft builds, eBooks, pictures, photos, Sway scrapbooks and anything else they create.
It's hoped that MindRising will promote students' "historical understanding of the events of 1916", according to Fionnuala Waldron, Director of DCU Institute of Education.
Anyone interested in this – from both Ireland and beyond – can visit the official MindRising website for more information.