Around 180 students are taking part in a Minecraft based experiment at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden – according to GameSpot. The school has introduced "compulsory Minecraft lessons" for its 13-year-old students as a means to teach them – in an engaging way – about planning for the future and environmental issues. Teacher Monica Ekman says that these students will learn about "city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future."
The schools decided to use Minecraft in lessons after Sweden's "Future City" competition, which challenged educational providers to bring new ideas to the table. While Ekman acknowledged that some of the students' parents were a "little uncomfortable" with the idea of using a game to teach important skills, she defended the lessons, saying that Minecraft is "a fun way of learning and it’s nice for the students to achieve something.”