Science Hunters: teaching science concepts in schools using Minecraft
Laura Hobbs 1, 2  
,   Carly Stevens 1,   Jackie Hartley 1,   Mark Ashby 1,   Benjamin Jackson 1, 3,   Lauren Bowden 4, 5,   Jordan Bibby 4, 6,   Sophie Bentley 1
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Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Also at: Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England
Now at: Department of Geography, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Department of Psychology, Lancaster University
Now at: School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
Now at: School ofHealth in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Laura Hobbs   

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster Environment Centre, LA1 4YQ, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2019-11-21
ARiSE 2019;2(2):13–21
Background Science Hunters is an outreach project based at Lancaster University, UK. It uses the computer game Minecraft, alongside interactive discussion and hands-on demonstrations, to engage children with scientific research topics and science learning. Material and methods As part of ongoing evaluation, the efficacy of this approach as an educational intervention was tested via pre- and post-activity questionnaires for two session topics,with 492 children participating through schools in 2017 and 2018. Results Statistically significant mprovement in subject knowledge was seen in post-intervention scores for both topics. There was some variation in both absolute and improvement score results between boys and girls, and primary and secondary school students. Conclusions Participation leads to improved subject knowledge and understanding, regardless of prior existing knowledge.
We gratefully acknowledge funding from Lancaster University, the assistance of Lancaster University student volunteers supporting session delivery, and staff and students at participating schools.
No conflict of interests were declared by authors.
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