Level Up Minecraft
This clever new tool was created by two female Transport for New South Wales staffers in conjunction with education specialists and a Minecraft video game developer.
The game focusses on level crossing behaviour featuring built-in safety messages. In the game, unsafe behaviour triggers a stern warning from a Train Driver, and the Engineer guides students as they build a safer level crossing.
Microsoft Minecraft Education allows students to tailor the world they play in and customise the rural setting to represent their town, which helps transfer what they learn in the game to real life.
Level Up’ co-creators Tayla Hallett and Madhavi Shankarling identified an opportunity to harness children’s love of Minecraft and to fill a gap in regional transport safety education.
- Level Up Quick Play Guide (PDF, 473.27 KB)
Designed to help you explore Minecraft Level Up Rail Safety with all the necessary shortcuts and tools.
- Level Up Rail Safety: Teachers Handbook (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Provides details on how this unit of work involves in-world Minecraft explorations and in-class activity, as well as alignment to the curriculum.
- Level Up Rail Safety: Student Workbook (DOCX, 1.34 MB)
A booklet designed to support learning in the Minecraft environment.
Appreciation and credits
Tayla Hallett & Madhavi Shankarling, of TfNSW for the original idea to create a learning game as a TfNSW Bright Ideas Project.
Senior train drivers who provided their expert advice and content:
- Peter Bull, Gosford
- John Leonard, Junee
- Robert Marczan, Wollongong
We acknowledge valued educational feedback from:
- Kim Flack, NSW Department of Education
- Clare Appleby, Sydney Trains
- Karyn Morrison dedicated teacher for developing the student booklet.
Level Up Rail Safety was commissioned by Transport for NSW as part of Bright Ideas 2021
Level Up Rail Safety was co-designed & created by:
- Stephen Elford, classroom teacher, Minecraft Education Consultant and Contenion
- Dr Bronwyn Stuckey, Director, Innovative Educational Ideas