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Minecraft: game and educational tool

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Gather up any group of kids and there's a good chance Minecraft is their game of choice.

It is a digital sandbox of sorts where users take out the occasional zombie and primarily use geometry and math to build levels and worlds inside a virtual-looking Legoland.

Nearly 30 million people play on PCs, gaming systems, tablets, and smart phones. Some kids log two or three hours a day exchanging ideas and strategies online. Some parents don't see many negatives.

Joel Levin created MinecraftEdu, a company that runs a version of the game as a teaching tool. He recently linked up for a class with the American Museum of Natural History.

"If you're a history teacher you can create an ancient civilization and have your students explore it," he said. "If you're a science teacher you can set up experiments."



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