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Scottish children use Minecraft in architecture lesson.

Scottish children use Minecraft in architecture lesson.

More than 400 schoolchildren have used Minecraft in their bid to set a new world record for the largest ever architecture lesson. The youngsters from Paisley took part in a class that used Minecraft: Education Edition to recreate local buildings, including the town’s Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory in the country.

Two lecturers and an architect guided the children, from eight local primary schools, through the history of Paisley and helped them use code to create buildings in the game. They also designed Coats Observatory on paper before David Renton, West College Scotland curriculum and quality leader for computing, used co-ordinates and coding to create a replica of the building within Minecraft.

Jean Cameron, director of Paisley’s bid to become the UK’s City of Culture in 2021, said: “Paisley has some world-class architecture, and utilising this for digital learning is an excellent way to engage the younger generation, especially using the extremely popular Minecraft game.

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