Belfast Met helps roll out Minecraft as an introduction to coding

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  • Belfast Met is helping roll out an introduction to coding for primary school aged kids using the popular Minecraft video game.

    Prodigy Learning will be providing a number of one day in-person events held throughout Northern Ireland in December 2017 & March 2018 to introduce primary school educators to the Minecraft platform and give them the basic skills and knowledge to implement Minecraft within the classroom.

    The in-person events will be delivered by a local Minecraft Certified Trainer and will enable the attendees to engage with their students in the Minecraft Environment and enable them to utilise Minecraft to deliver topics from various subject areas of the curriculum.

    Belfast Metropolitans extensive experience in the education sector and links with the primary education sector via its CoderDojo Belfast initiative are playing a key role in the delivery of the project. The Bring IT On initiative, run by Belfast Met, are also providing support to the events.

    The events are FREE and open to all Northern Ireland Primary School Educators. The first set of events took place during the week of 4th December in Belfast, Antrim, Omagh, Portadown and Dundonald with a further week of events to take place in March 2018 with locations to be revealed.

    Upon completion of the 10 events all attendees will be invited to a Minecraft: Education Edition Summit in Belfast Metropolitan College where attendees will have the opportunity to learn from educators who are already using Minecraft in the curriculum and learn how to use block-based coding in Minecraft as an introduction to coding and network with their peers.

    Billy Breen, Country Manager - Ireland, Prodigy Learning said: “Prodigy Learning in association with Microsoft Ireland and Belfast Met are delighted to be supporting the STEM tour to educate teachers in Minecraft. With the events filling up within a week, this just highlights the importance of STEM education in schools and the commitment of teachers to encourage digital skills in the classroom, which we are proud to support.”

    For further information please see www.MinecraftNI.co.uk or email Minecraft.NI@prodigylearning.com

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