Poland launches Minecraft server to educate quarantined students23rd March 2020
Poland has launched a public Minecraft server to stave away boredom for students quarantined as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country is in the midst of a 14-day lock down to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The latest move – made by the government’s Ministry of Digitisation – is set to provide some entertainment in the form of interactive learning.
The ‘Grarantanna‘ program is designed to educate students who can no longer attend classes. It includes a variety of history-based quizzes and mathematical puzzles that people can work through at their leisure.
The country has also launched a five-day ‘game jam’ through which people can create their own video games centred on the concept of promotion.
It is open to high school pupils aged 19 or younger and the winner is set to be announced at the end of the event.
In tandem with the game jam, Poland will also be hosting a competition in Minecraft.
Participants – who own a registered copy of the title and a valid Polish student ID – will compete to recreate landmarks by utilising a vast quantity of resources.
It is currently open for all students in the country and it will run until March 27.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Minecraft has been used to create positive experiences and cure boredom.
Last year, Father Robert Ballecer – a former Silicon Valley engineer turned priest – announced his plans to launch a dedicated Minecraft server, hosted by the Vatican.
The aim of the endeavour was to create an environment where anyone could join and be free from the toxicity that is so often associated with video games.
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