Science Hunters

Science Hunters engages children of all ages with science using the popular computer game Minecraft. They learn about scientific concepts and University research and try out some hands-on demonstrations before building their own related creations in the game.

For more information about any of our activities, please contact us at sciencehunters@lancaster.ac.uk

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School Visits

Science Hunters works with groups of children who may experience barriers to accessing educational opportunities, such as Special Educational Needs and eligibility for Pupil Premium, in primary and secondary schools. Pupils spend a lesson building a science-based Minecraft construction, following a brief introduction to a LEC-based research topic. Subjects currently include:

  • Volcanology
  • Food Security
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Plants and Pollinators
  • Parasites
  • The Heart and Circulatory System 
  • Bioluminescence
  • Coral Reef Ecology

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club runs fortnightly on campus. It brings together children with ASD and other special educational needs from the local community to learn about science, meet university staff and students, play Minecraft and develop social communication skills in a relaxed and accessible environment.

Topics vary throughout the year, with examples including:

  • Rainforests
  • Pollinators
  • Renewable Energy
  • Mars and Space Exploration
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fireworks
  • Animal adaptations

Community Events

Science Hunters provides short taster sessions for children of all ages at a variety of community events; for example we have contributed to Campus in the City and delivered activities at venues such as Lancaster Library, the Rheged Centre and Heron Corn Mill. Upcoming events are advertised through the project Science Hunters Facebook and Science Hunters Twitter pages. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Volcanology
  • Food Security
  • Insect Ecology
  • Coral Reef Conservation

Children’s University

Science Hunters is a registered Children’s University Learning Destination, so please bring your Passports to Learning along to our sessions so we can award your stamps.