From 'Mind Craft: Microsoft's popular video game Minecraft helps kids learn everything from programming, science and math to art, languages and history.'
At Zaniac, a nationwide after-school program based in Salt Lake City, kids have modded in-game characters to look like their real-world selves. They've also designed raw materials that they cultivate for crafting burritos, says Sidharth Oberoi, Zaniac's president and chief academic officer.
About 1,350 kids have taken a Minecraft program at Zaniac. They've measured gravitational acceleration by having their characters jump off a building, and they've reproduced their redstone circuits in the real world. "With game-based learning, they don't really recognize they're learning," says Oberoi.