Do you have young children who are keen on learning the same skills our roofing services, Devon team offer? A new computer game has been unveiled to teach school children about crucial aspects of the construction sector as well as promoting careers in the industry.
The game has been developed at Ulster University and currently boasts endorsements from one of the UK’s leading construction companies, Morgan Sindall.
The game is called BeIMCraft, and has a loose basing on the massively popular Minecraft game. The game was created with the aim of helping young people to understand the building environment by academics in conjunction with an external consultant.
The game highlights the emerging role of technology in the construction sector and ensures young players consider planning issues, health and safety risks, structural aspects, sustainability and cost when creating their 3D world.
Morgan Sindall has confirmed a 12-month sponsorship package which will provide the company with exclusive rights to the game in Scotland.
Stuart Parker, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall Construction in Scotland, said: “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to encourage pupils to develop skills and understanding of the construction process. As a main contractor, it is vital we play our part in attracting the next generation to the industry. BeIMCraft is perfect for this, as it takes something familiar to thousands of children and puts it to a new use. We are sure it will be a hit in our schools.”
Also, when discussing the new game, David Comiskey, co-founder from Ulster University’s newly formed Belfast School of Architecture & Built Environment, said: “BeIMCraft was launched last year, and we are pleased to see that well-respected companies like Morgan Sindall recognise the value it has in encouraging pupils to consider roles in the construction sector from a young age.
“Through this partnership we will be able to roll out the game to four schools in Scotland this month, with plans for more in the future. As the economy continues to recover it is vital that we attract young talent into the workforce to help drive future growth of the construction sector. We are keen to play a central role in this activity at Ulster University.”
Essentially, BeIMCraft closely aligns with aspects of the building information modelling (BIM) process, a procedure that has found itself becoming more widely used in the construction industry as a way of creating and managing building projects in a 3D environment.