Given the year that is in it this looks like a nice initiative revolving around games and creativity. Last week saw the launch of MindRising 2016, a competition celebrating 200 years of the island of  Ireland.

Teams of primary and secondary school children will work on their digital storytelling skills across a range of media which includes building elements of their projects in Minecraft. They are encouraged to remember the past 100 years and imagine what the next 100 years could bring.

It’s a competition for schools and youth groups, to use Minecraft to digitally tell the past and future stories of Ireland. The project is run in conjunction with MicrosoftBusiness Model Adventures and St.Patricks College DCU Institute of Education.

Take a look at this introduction video.

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Enter The Competition

The MindRising Games competition is now open for applications!

There are two age categories for entrants.

  • Junior category: Primary school applicants from 1st to 4th class.
  • Senior category: Primary school 5th and 6th class students and 1st and 2nd years in Secondary school.

Teachers and group leaders are invited to apply to participate and also be in with the chance of winning of €5,000 for their group! MindRising will be provide packs, teaching plans, examples, tutorials and other guides to help teams over the 8 weeks.

Registration for the games closes on the 19th February 2016 and teams have until the 18th April 2016 to submit their entries.

Register online at www.mindrising.ie

Help Out


Volunteers are needed across Ireland to help the teams. If you’re interested in history, technology or design please get in contact with the MindRising team on the website here.