Hull students create virtual world

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by The News Editor

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Students at the University of Hull are using a popular video game to teach youngsters about chemistry.

Virtual reality game Minecraft lets gamers build anything and everything – and chemistry undergraduates at the institution have harnessed it to offer an insight into the structure of proteins and chemicals.

They have created a Minecraft world, called MolCraft, which lets youngsters roam around looking at molecular structures.

The project, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, aims to help change the public perception of chemistry and provide a resource to schools nationwide to help engage young scientists in a fun and interactive way.

In addition to the various structures and molecules to explore, the students have created a number of treasure chests for children to find along the way. These are filled with goodies, puzzles and quiz books.

Dr Mark Lorch, senior lecturer in biological chemistry at the University, says MolCraft is a novel way of engaging youngsters and delivering information to them. He hopes large numbers will learn about chemistry through it.

Minecraft users can log on and roam around MolCraft, which is also being made available for use in schools as part of the MinecraftEdu Library.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by The News Editor

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