Crafting future skills with Minecraft
Recognising the limited opportunities for younger kids to develop future of work skills, tech consulting group Bitlink in Launceston has developed a number of different workshops to give kids a chance to explore and learn with technology.
Aimed at kids aged 9-14 Redstone Rangers uses the video game Minecraft to teach kids basics in computational thinking, while Level Up lets kids of the same age group design their own basic video game from concept to completion – creating original artwork to programming a playable game.
These workshops not only aim to get kids comfortable with technological
skills from a young age, but use a fun environment to develop skills in design, problem solving and collaboration that are also vital.
CEO of Bitlink, James Rigall, says that by giving kids a baseline level of skills, they can explore what they are interested in and get creative whilst still having a supportive learning environment around them.
In addition to being fun, the hard and soft skills developed in these programs will be crucial to success in the future of work.
We want to find out more about different communities are doing to help their kids build these skills. If you know of a similar initiative in your area, we want to know about it. Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.
Want to find out more about how Launceston is positioned for the Future of Work? Check out the Launceston case study here.