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FROM THE CLASSROOM
We have already seen the innovation educators can bring using Minecraft with their students. Read some of our favorite stories from around the globe.
Redstone Creations and Contraptions
Steve Isaacs and his students learning about game design have been digging in with the power of redstone. They have crafted combination locks, water cannons, and minecart rail switchers all using redstone dust, switches, and blocks to power their contraptions. The students plan to incorporate automated creations into games they will be creating with Minecraft. They are especially excited about future releases of pistons and repeaters so they can really explore and create even more complex contraptions using Minecraft’s answer to electrical engineering in unique ways.
Representing Literature in Digital Space
John Miller has been using Minecraft’s role-playing aspects to teach 7th grade students about Japanese poetry. Students researched personas from different hierarchical classes such as peasants or Shogun and wrote poetry reflecting their selected groups, before taking visitors on visual tours that combined words and the environment to great effect. The study transcended a single subject by connecting social structure and literature in a fun, interactive way.
Finding Beauty in Concrete
James and the team at Blockworks used Minecraft to teach students about Brutalist architecture – a movement which bears a resemblance to the Nether fortresses already present in-game. Working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, the team created a gridded build which helped builders take inspiration from the raw look of the early 20th century movement. Students came into the project with no prior knowledge of Brutalism, relying on their own research to create the inspired builds. This study resulted in lively discussions about the creations, as well as Brutalism’s place in modern architecture. Over 100 students contributed, representing over 20 countries.
Bridging Physical and Digital Space
Michael Hobson has been using Minecraft to help students visualise their own interpretations of a local public space. A group of dedicated Grade 7 and 8 builders worked after school to create a 1:1 representation of Merriweather Park. The build was then used to help visualise potential futures for the public space. The study, similar in concept to Mojang’s hugely successful Block by Block project, appealed to the participants passion for preservation, and highlighted the impact we have on the environment around us. Students later had the opportunity to present their designs at the park groundbreaking ceremonies.
Living Stories with Command Blocks
Chris Aviles and his students worked a quest that, according to one student, “challenged us to make a story that used command blocks to make the world come alive!” Using redstone, command blocks, and pressure plates, peers were able to “walk through” their classmate’s creation and receive pop-up messages relative to where they are in the story – physically and figuratively. Students improve not only their visual and written communication, but also in the student’s own words they “learn how to code while also making a fun interactive world.”
MolCraft, Molecules In Minecraft
As part of an undergraduate project, Professors Mark Lorch, Joel Mills and their students created a Minecraft world filled with structures of proteins, chemicals, and even some history! This world is free to download, so educators and students can explore the chemical building blocks of life, or use the schematics to populate their own worlds. These structures of molecules and atomic bonds are an opportunity for students to experience protein structures in an engaging three-dimensional space. Explore the world for yourself and find the puzzles, quiz books, and even some hidden goodies along the way!