The Next Generation Of Construction Professionals From Ulster University

Ulster University is addressing the construction industry’s skills shortage by developing a new interactive game aimed at inspiring the next generation of industry leaders.

Ulster University researchers created BelMCraft, a computer game based on the globally popular Minecraft platform that allows players to build and explore a virtual city.

They claim that the game will help young people better understand the built environment and will pique their interest in construction careers.

The game, which is based on the current Minecraft platform, emphasises the emerging role of technology in this traditional sector and ensures that young gamers consider planning issues, health and safety risks, structural aspects, sustainability, and cost when creating their 3D world.

“Through game-based learning, Ulster University demonstrates how technology is changing the face of the construction industry and how a career in this industry can be hugely exciting and rewarding.”

“It is critical that we engage the next generation of construction professionals and highlight the importance of the sector to them,” said Stephen Kane, chair of the industry body Construction Group for Northern Ireland. This game accomplishes this, and more importantly, it makes learning enjoyable, which is a critical factor in engaging young people in what can be an extremely exciting career.”

The game is currently in development by Ulster University researchers in collaboration with digital consultancy Ardvisory and education consultancy ImmersiveMinds.

Last Updated on December 30, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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