Classes

Minecraft

What is it?

Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by Mojang.

The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world.

Other activities in the game include:

  • exploration
  • resource gathering
  • crafting
  • combat

Gameplay Modes

  • Survival – player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health
  • Creative – players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly
  • Adventure – players can play custom maps created by other players
  • Spectator mode – players can fly around and clip through blocks, but cannot place or destroy any.

The PC version of the game is renowned for its third-party mods, which add various new items, characters, worlds, and quests to the game.

Why in Education?

Minecraft recently launched Minecraft: Education Edition specifically designed to be taught in classrooms from STEM topics to arts and poetry, giving teachers the tools they need to use Minecraft daily.

The MinecraftEdu wiki is available for further reading:

Inspirational Projects

See more projects at Planet Minecraft

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Raspberry Pi

What is it?

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi  has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.

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3D Printing

What is it?

3D print·ing

noun

a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.
“if you use 3D printing for prototypes you will simply be able to go to market faster”

How does it work?

Why in Education?

3D printing allows students to create prototypes of items without the use of expensive tooling required in subtractive methods. Students design and produce actual models they can hold. The classroom environment allows students to learn and employ new applications for 3D printing.

Some authors have claimed that 3D printers offer an unprecedented “revolution” in STEM education by proving a low cost ability for rapid prototyping in the classroom by students.

Examples:

  • Students recreate duplicates of museum items such as fossils and historical artifacts for study in the classroom without possibly damaging sensitive collections
  • Students interested in graphic designing can construct models with complex working parts easily
  • New perspective with topographic maps
  • Science students can study cross-sections of internal organs of the human body and other biological specimens
  • Chemistry students can explore 3D models of molecules and the relationship within chemical compounds.

Future applications for 3D printing might include creating open-source scientific equipment.

Inspirational Projects

Phone Hacks

Animals

Fashion and Jewelry

Games and Puzzles

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