Blue Peter today launches a competition with Minecraft Education with a unique, money-can’t-buy prize for the winner.
Children are being asked to be inspired and build what the show represents to them, now, or in the future.
Kids can build a world that’s inspirational, full of adventure and creativity and – in keeping with Minecraft Education’s mission for game-based learning and the values of Blue Peter – are encouraged to think about sustainability and creating an inclusive welcoming community, as well as a place that’s fun.
In the game, kids can see a unique behind the scenes tour of the TV studio, with the set, lights, cameras and production gallery, even the artwork sent in by young viewers plus meet the presenting team including Mwaksy, Richie and Henry the Blue Peter dog.
The winner of the competition will have the fantastic opportunity to go to behind the scenes at Minecraft HQ in Stockholm for a VIP tour. They will get to meet the team and find out what it takes to be a software developer, with an opportunity to play in the Blue Peter world they have devised.
YouTube creator, Smallish Beans, who launched the competition live on CBBC on today’s Blue Peter show, said: “Sandbox games are great for letting peoples creativity shine and I’m looking forward to seeing all the fun ideas people will come up with. Good luck to everyone as it’s a great prize!”
The competition is open to kids aged 6 to 15 and they can build their Blue Peter world in the game or submit a design on paper and then create a guided tour to describe their ideas. All 30 runners up will receive an Orange Blue Peter badge.
Blue Peter presenter, Mwaksy said: “I’m so excited to go on this once in a lifetime trip for a VIP tour of one of the world’s most popular gaming studios with our competition winner. This really is an awesome opportunity, so get creative and let us know what Blue Peter would look like if it wasn’t a programme, but a place. We want you to show us what Blue Peter means to you and I’m so looking forward to seeing your fabulous ideas!”
Justin Edwards, Director of Learning Experiences, Minecraft said: “We’re pleased to be working together with Blue Peter for this build challenge and competition. I can’t wait to see what fantastic worlds that the Blue Peter viewers come up with based on shared values of creativity, inspiration, adventure and building a better world for the future.”
The competition is open to UK residents aged between 6 and 15 years of age. Entries, competition rules and privacy notes can be found on the Blue Peter website www.bbc.co.uk/bluepeter
The competition closes on 2nd November 2022 at 5pm and the winner will be announced on Blue Peter early in 2023.
Blue Peter is produced by BBC Studios Kids & Family