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Cumbraecraft is a heritage themed game on the Minecraft: Education Edition platform (Microsoft) designed for primary school children with focus on local heritage and history.

It includes lessons based on the discovery of local heritage assets and their history from around the virtual representation of the Isle of Cumbrae.

The game aims to engage 9 to 12 year olds through captivating and motivating gameplay with an otherwise difficult topic that is easy to use in the classroom, or at home.

The challenge-based learning is focused around the themes of:

  • exploration and discovery
  • narrative and communication
  • fellowship and teamwork
  • expression and creativity
  • curiosity and problem solving

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In addition to enhancing Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, the game also aims to promote local heritage and destination and, therefore, stimulate and support heritage tourism.

The game was developed by a team of game development students from Abertay University through the Millport Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, a partnership project from North Ayrshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland. It’s a pilot project addressing the gap of game-based learning, teaching young people about local heritage, conservation and the historical significance of their communities and culture, with emphasis on Scottish culture, language and tradition.


Download Cumbraecraft world (MCWorld, 188mb) and use with the tutorial and lessons below. The world hosting guide (PDF, 486kb) provides general guidance on multiplayer, hosting, settings and troubleshooting.



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