Building to break barriers will engage children with engineering through the innovative use of the creative, construction-based and extremely popular computer game Minecraft and inspirational role models. With children and engineers, the project will design and develop specific engineering-based outreach sessions, an assembly and free online resources, for delivery around the UK. The project will particularly focus on engaging under-represented groups in engineering, including children with special educational needs and disabilities, children from deprived areas, women and girls. The project will recruit a diverse group of engineers to work with the children and will provide them with engineering outreach training, resources and support.
The project team will produce a practitioner guide based on project outcomes, to inform future practice, which combined with the online resources will enable more children to benefit beyond the project lifespan.