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Mayor of London unveils Minecraft challenge for young people


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a design challenge for schoolchildren and students to use Minecraft in designing sustainable places to live and work.

Along with the supplier of the educational software, design and innovation organisation MOBIE and Croydon Council, he has opened the Design Future London challenge, for groups aged 5-11 and 11 upwards.

Participants will be eligible for a free Minecraft licence so they can explore a model of Croydon town centre that is green, safe and prosperous on the software and build their own solutions block by block.

The older group will have a London-wide challenge on themes including high streets, homes, sustainable transport, green energy and making places for communities.

They can make presentations through computer or physical modelling, and are expected to provide a site appraisal, a problem and a solution.

The specification for the older group states: “Through this challenge we want you, the next generation of young Londoners, to understand the exciting world that those of us who work in the built environment operate in.

“We would love for you to understand some of the opportunities that might be open to you as a young person through a career in the built environment.”

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