Play To Learn: Immersive Minds take Games-Based Learning to Insomnia #i61

Insomnia is the UK's biggest gaming festival attracting more than 60,000 people through its doors over a long weekend. This summer the festival will be held in Birmingham NEC on August 25-28th, but just why would a company specialising in Curriculum Learning and Education be exhibiting their work at a gaming festival?

Well, you see that brings us back to our core philosophy about the importance of play in learning. We believe that play of all kinds - whether imaginary, structured, rule-driven or outdoors - play using tiles, cards, boards & pieces or play using technology is crucial to developing the necessary skills of problem solving, resilience, critical and creative thinking, and in many cases logic, reasoning and strategy. That, of course, is not to mention the additional benefits of social and emotional skills that can be developed when playing with others.

#PlayToLearn is our core philosophy; play is an essential driver in learning is why we find ourselves at the UK's largest gaming festival. Here we'll work with parents, teachers, companies - and of course young people to advocate for the use of games (of all sorts) in education. To help us to this we have a pulled together a crazy schedule of live educations shows, live streams and informal drop in sessions that will run alongside our usual offering of Minecraft Showcase Zone and our Virtual Reality Zone.