Researchers at the
University of Texas, USA, have created an alternative tool for teaching their
students about materials science. Their creation, Polycraft World, is a mod for
the video game Minecraft that features petrochemical refining and harvesting of new
ore types, and the construction of polymers, plastics and specialty items.
The team says that the
students can learn, and try, 2,000 production methods to make over 100 polymers
in game, including processed such as distillation, chemical synthesis and
various manufacturing processes.
Polycraft uses Minecraft to
approach a university-level subject in a way that even those who have not
studied it before can take apart and begin to learn the ins-and-outs of