The emergence of cryptocurrencies has paved the way for many experts in the financial technology industry to designate crypto as an asset class. As a result, blockchain developers and the optimization of blockchain protocols have generated a high demand for professionals in the field.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers are looking to address the potential challenges associated with the specialized field by developing a new game designed to teach kids the concepts associated with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. CryptoMiner, developed by Murtuza Jadliwala, assistant professor at UTSA’s Department of Computer Science, is a tabletop game that helps young learners better understand how blockchains function in cryptocurrency applications.
“We all know that kids respond well to games, and so we designed this game in such a way that it could be used as a supplementary education tool to understand blockchains and cryptocurrencies—all while having fun,” Jadliwala said in a UTSA Today article.
The goal of the card/board game is to see things using a strategy-based approach and mirror the way transactions are added to blockchain miners within a cryptocurrency network. Cryptominer employs a simple way to explain and learn about digital currency, in terms that make it more accessible to individuals without regard to age or background in technology.
For Jadliwala, the inspiration arose after having difficulty explaining the concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrency to his wife and young daughter. “It can be difficult for young adults and people with insufficient background in computer science and distributed software systems to understand the dry and dense technical details of blockchains and cryptocurrencies,” Jadliwala said. “Nevertheless, given the importance of this technology, it is extremely important to educate the younger generation about it.”