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Researchers Adapt Minecraft to Teach Spatial Reasoning

“School of Education and Social Policy faculty members Marcelo Worsley and David Uttal have received a $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to create a multimodal platform based on the popular Minecraft video game, an effort designed to help elementary and middle school students develop spatial reasoning and computational thinking skills.

The new interface will allow children to interact with Minecraft not only through keyboard commands but also through speech, physical blocks, and eye gaze. The multi-faceted approach will give them a chance to practice important cognitive skills in a more natural and productive setting, the researchers said. ”