Skills Miner

Home Energy

Inspiring the next generation of engineers to solve sustainability challenges in the home.

Minecraft is one of the world’s most successful games. The latest version of our award-winning Skills Miner game harnesses Minecraft’s popularity to bring engineering to life in a fun and innovative way, uncovering engineering skills through gameplay.

Master home energy to win

Skills Miner Home Energy encourages the development of green engineering skills through a familiar, domestic world which poses power and energy challenges.

Players are tasked with upgrading a house in order to increase its sustainability rating, while meeting a budget.

Throughout the game they will discover the pros and cons of the decisions they make while learning about sustainability and climate change.

Who it's for & who we work with

Our game is aimed at 12 to 14 year olds.

Skills Miner can be used during lessons, enrichment, or in after school clubs.

We have collaborated with Education Specialists to ensure that the game is built in line with the existing curriculum and mapped to Gatsby benchmarks.

Specially-created guides have been developed to assist teachers.

Game & Lessons

Players begin in the Mesolithic Era where they will see how people lived, and learn about how fire was used for food preparation and heat.

They are then "teleported" to today and given the opportunity to consider which improvements will make the most difference for their budget.

National Curriculums

Our games include teacher notes, student worksheets and lesson ideas aligned to all of the UK the National Curriculums for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Use the download button above to find out more.

Skills Builder Framework

Skills Miner is being mapped to the Skills Builder Essential Skills Framework to provide a comprehensive learning experience. The essential skills are needed by every young person to succeed in education and future career.

Find out more The Skills Builder Partnership


The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.


The receiving, retaining and processing of information or ideas.

Problem Solving

The ability to find a solution to a situation or challenge.

Aiming High

The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

Gatsby Benchmarks

We have collaborated with Education Specialists to ensure that the game is built in line with the existing curriculum and mapped to Gatsby benchmarks.

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

Learning from career and labour market information

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Encounters with employers and employees

Experiences of workplaces

Register your school for 2022 lessons

We welcome teachers from across the UK to join us and be part of Skills Miner Home Energy games and lessons, join our growing network of schools!

Register your interest

What's behind the game?

Our other games

Skills Miner Aerospace

Introduces students and teachers to careers in Aerospace in a fresh and exciting way. Students can explore the design, build and maintenance of aircraft through 4 Minecraft games, learning about the importance of sustainability and being future-focused.

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It’s really nice to be learning engineering in a game that I can play and have fun at the same time

Oli, Student

Schools - need training on how to embed Minecraft in your lessons?

Our partner Tablet Academy can provide all the support you need to get Skills Miner up and running effectively in class.

Skills Miner Technical FAQs

How do I download the games?

Do you collect my game data and what do you do with it?

Do you collect any data about me?

Do I need a license to play the Skills Miner games?

Where can I find more details about how to download games?

I can't download the Skills Miner world.