What about MineCraft?

MindRising is an exciting learning opportunity enabling students to draw on a wide range of curriculum in an interdisciplinary way while also developing the key skills our young people need to live and learn in the complex connected global society we live in.
— Dr. Deirdre Butler St.Patrick's College DCU Institute of Education

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is an open world computer game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. You can think about this as a digital building blocks, an open free format construction based game. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. The worlds can be shared with others and allow collaborative building and play.

What has Minecraft to do with education?

Educators around the world are discovering that Minecraft provides infinite possibilities across curricular areas from mathematics to storytelling. Minecraft adds a valuable tool to a teacher's toolbox. 

Starter Maps

To get you started we will be providing maps in Minecraft of significant historic sites from around the island of Ireland. You can use the maps either as teaching devices within your class or to help kick-start your MindRising entry.

MineCraft Servers

We will be providing a Minecraft EDU Servers for each school entering MindRising for the duration of the competition. The servers will be pre-loaded with sample maps and other helpful content including teacher Minecraft tutorials.


Minecraft EDU Client software is part of the package provided to schools to connect to the MinecraftEDU hosted server.