Institution is on patrol for Minecraft fans (aged 7-14 years old) who want to be part of the charity’s RNLI Beach Builder Challenge, which will be running over the half-term holidays (23 October -7 November).
The challenge calls upon creative youngsters to craft epic beaches with awesome lifeguard towers, cool rescue craft and colourful safety flags and signs with the aim of making the beach safe for the characters and to increase safety awareness amongst those who play it.
The RNLI’s Community Safety Product Manager, Bridie Appleby-Gunnill said:
Use your imagination to transform a wild wasteland into a sandy beach paradise. There are no limits in the Beach Builder Challenge! No station too big! No rescue craft too orange! The world is your oyster when building with blocks.
This project aims to explore how effective Minecraft could be as a platform to engage 7-14 year olds when communicating important safety messages. We are calling for young Minecraft fans to take on the RNLI Beach Builder Challenge in the comfort of their own home. We hope This will actively raise awareness of beach safety ultimately helping to achieve our goal to save lives at sea.
When taking part in the challenge parents are being encouraged to help the RNLI to
understand if computer games can help increase children’s beach safety knowledge by getting each child to complete a short online questionnaire before they do their crafting and after they have finished and submitted their fabulous creations.
The questionnaires will take about 5 minutes and includes multiple choice questions about beach safety with all answers remaining confidential. Taking part in this research is voluntary and will not affect your child’s participation in the RNLI Minecraft Builder Challenge.
Parents of children who would like to take part in the challenge should email firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 October to register your child’s interest and we will email you back with full instructions ready for your child to start crafting from 23 October.
Please include your child’s name and your relationship with the child and in your email and make sure that Minecraft is installed on a console, tablet or computer.