RTÉjr and Microsoft Ireland have joined forces for a new competition challenging primary school students across the island of Ireland to use Minecraft: Education Edition to help shape Ireland's digital future.

Schools will go head-to-head in the competition to make it to the Grand Finale which will, all going well, take place in April 2022 on RTÉ!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP YOUR SCHOOL!!!

If you are a primary school in the Republic of Ireland that is yet to register for your 120 free Minecraft: Education Edition accounts, head over to www.irelandsfutureismine.com/support and submit a ticket requesting your school's unique code.

Please note: For this ticket, please use your school email address and include your school’s roll number in the body of the ticket.

Primary schools in Northern Ireland already have access to a Minecraft: Education Edition account.

Schools can register for their Minecraft: Education Edition accounts at www.irelandsfutureismine.com.

Then watch all six Microsoft Dream Space TV episodes with a full range of accompanying teacher guides containing direct links to specific curriculum areas and worksheets here on www.rte.ie/learn.

The Dream Space TV crew will be teaching students how to use Minecraft: Education Edition with lots of fun challenges!

These challenges will be aligned to both the Republic and Northern Irish curriculums covering subjects from English, Maths, Science, Geography, SPHE and more.

The Dream Space Team will also provide each school with comprehensive teaching guides to ensure that participating schools are supported throughout the episodes and for their competition submission.

Speaking about the launch of the competition, James O'Connor, Vice President of Microsoft International Operations, said: "At Microsoft, we believe in the power of technology to inspire young people, ignite their imaginations and help them to see the world in a variety of new ways. Our Dream Space experience is one of the ways in which we make this possible.

"We’re now growing this collaboration with RTÉjr through the launch of this nationwide competition for primary schools today. This inclusive competition will help ensure that young people across the country can experience how technology can shape their world and how the skills they develop can reshape Ireland’s future.

"I know the Dream Space team have an exciting series coming up which will introduce students to the amazing world of Minecraft: Education Edition and guide teachers on how to introduce this educational tool into the classroom. We hope all primary schools will avail of this opportunity and we look forward to supporting you all on this learning journey over the coming months."

Suzanne Kelly, Group Head of Children's and Young Peoples' Content said: "Today’s kids are digital natives and its vital that their experience of the global online community is a positive one. When the opportunity arose for RTÉ to connect with every kid in Ireland and show them how to code through gaming, we jumped on it.

"Everyone in the school yard knows what Minecraft is and now thanks to Dream Space TV and Minecraft: Education Edition, we're bringing it directly to every school in Ireland. It's coding, innovation, creativity, and teamwork, all wrapped up in one incredibly exciting experience. There's something for everyone here.

"This competition will really challenge our school kids and give them a platform to amaze us. It's very exciting and it's never been done before here in Ireland. We’re very proud to be able to play an equal part in this with our colleagues in Microsoft Dream Space."

Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that allows teachers to deliver a variety of curriculum lessons to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.

The learning platform offers teachers an alternative teaching and learning tool to engage pupils and ignite their passion for learning.