Share Paper: Minecraft: Fostering STEM in the Virtual Sandbox

  1. David Hooks, San Angelo ISD, United States
  2. Audrey Heron, Angelo State University, United States

Abstract: In seeking to prepare students for the future, the United States is striving for a greater emphasis on STEM education. Schools must often explore options such as grants to supplement limited budgets in order to launch, let alone maintain, STEM programs. This paper will examine the American push for STEM education, the virtual learning environment Minecraft: Education Edition, and how the intersection of the two aids the development of cost-effective learning opportunities steeped in the benefits of STEM education.