By Hasan Amiruddin
Grade 5 Student, Mississauga, ON, Canada
(RAHNUMA) Minecraft is a game unlike others. According to scientists, it actually builds brain cells in kids. Researchers have found that Minecraft develops creativity and is an educational game. I will now share some educational benefits of playing Minecraft.
A non-violent game
Minecraft is a game, and is fun, but it can also be used for educational purposes. Unlike other popular games, Minecraft is not a violent game. It does not teach violence and killing to kids. It is a game based on building things, not destroying them. Instead of teaching violence, Minecraft teaches building to kids. Minecraft also teaches the basics of coding to kids as they play, without them noticing they are learning to think in the certain way coders must.
Minecraft teaches kids about math. Microsoft wants teachers to use Minecraft in their classrooms. A teacher in Calgary uses Minecraft to teach math to her students. Minecraft also introduces kids to mathematical concepts, like surface area, volume, and slope. This allows kids to be introduced to important math concepts.
Teaches architectural design, patterns
Minecraft introduces kids to architecture. Playing Minecraft allows kids to learn how to arrange shapes to design buildings, and houses using their imagination. Kids also design swimming pools, and bridges in the game. This introduces kids to the basic architectural design principles like repetition and pattern.
While Minecraft is good, I do however feel it is important to avoid certain things in it which are not always good
First, avoid getting stuck in the less creative aspects of the game, like fighting in the “survival” mode.
Second, Minecraft can help you learn real skills, not just virtual, so don’t spend so much time alone playing it.
Also, Minecraft could get addicting, so be careful.
Lastly, while Minecraft is a popular game among boys, girls should also be encouraged to play. If you can, ask your friends from school who are girls to also join in on the fun, and benefit from playing Minecraft!
Hasan Amiruddin is a grade five student in Mississauga, Ontario. He enjoys talking to his family and friends about video gaming for kids and can be contacted via his parent, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), is the online global English edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu print newspapers throughout India.