11-13 yrs old
14-18 yrs old
Be able to identify differences between the way chemistry, biology and physics behaves in the real world compared to how it behaves in Minecraft.
January 22, 2018
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This is a synoptic lesson which should draw on the experiences that students have had in the other chemistry lessons. However, it follows particularly well from the lesson titled 'The Scientific Method'.
It is not possible for Minecraft to accurately mirror the full complexity of the real world so many things have to be simplified.
Some examples of discrepancies and discussion points include:
• In the real world TNT can explode underwater. What was the game designers’ rational for adding sodium to Minecraft TNT to make it explode underwater?
• The Minecraft sodium acetate ice bomb turns water into ice. How does this differ from real word sodium acetate 'ice'?
• In Minecraft magnesium salts are created by combining NaCl and magnesium. What would happen if you reacted magnesium and NaCl in the real world?
• Iron ore when placed in the material reducer produces iron. What other elements would you expect to find in iron ore?
• What real world chemical reactions would you like to see in Minecraft?
Students may use the Minecraft based experiments they devised in the earlier lesson 'The Scientific Method' and then design equivalents for real world situations. If practical students could be allowed to perform the real experiments.
Students should research the real world equivalents to Minecraft science and begin to explain the differences between them. They may also like to think about why the game designers have used particular game mechanic to approximate a real world situation, as in the TNT example given above.
Students should be able to formulate a theory and experiment to test it. They must keep a laboratory book which details their experiment, observations, theories and conclusions. They should then present their work to the class.
January 23, 2018 11:27 AM
does it work? I downloaded the map. But I think there are some missing parts.
January 23, 2018 6:27 PM
Thanks for your interest in our upcoming Chemistry update for Minecraft: Education Edition - we can't wait to share these tools with you coming in early February (no exact date yet, sorry!). This lesson will work best once the update is live - but in the meantime, feel free to get familiar with the concepts behind the lesson!
February 14, 2018 12:10 PM
No table of elements, no reducers, or any chemistry materials. Some are missing.
February 16, 2018 6:04 PM
The best way to keep up to date on our releases is to stay tuned to our social media channels and/or subscribing to the newsletter - needless to say when things are released fully we will be letting everyone know as loudly as we can so everyone can get updated and enjoy chemistry in Education Edition!
February 16, 2018 3:48 PM
Can you please message me if the updates is ready? I'm looking forward for this world. Thank you very much and have a glorious and prosperous life.
February 14, 2018 3:56 PM
As noted above, this world will work when the Chemistry update is released. While we were aiming for early February, we wanted to fix a couple of things before sending it out to the world!
We appreciate everyone's patience and hope to have it available soon.
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