What Kids are Discovering Through Minecraft
If you haven’t heard, kids love playing Minecraft. The game has sold an estimated 20 million copies across different platforms and consoles since its alpha release in 2009. For those not familiar, Minecraft is a video game that lets you use blocks to build just about anything you can imagine in a virtual world. Players explore, collect resources, and work together to create structures that might otherwise have been impossible to construct alone. The game utilizes the use of realistic mechanisms like real-world circuits and logic gates, making it a game filled with tons of educational value and just plain old fun.
It’s an awesome gaming community that has taken DIY by storm, cementing its place as one of our most popular projects and becoming a continually trending topic on our Explore page. Replicas of superdomes, olympic sized swimming pools, fantasy worlds, elaborate architectural feats, epic pixel art creations, and even DIY Staff pixelations are just a few of the incredibly complex structures created on Minecraft and shared on the site.
It’s a game that was garnered the attention of a variety of different groups in radically different ways. The UN utilizes Minecraft as a planning tool for third world communities where students can use the game’s mechanisms to plan and design their own neighbourhoods. It’s being used in classrooms all across the U.S. to help kids discover engineering concepts, geography, architecture, mathematics, as well as critical thinking skills, teamwork, and exploration.
Within DIY, Minecraft has sparked a flourishing community that has, in many ways, bridged the gap between users’ ages, interests, and creativity. We find that many DIYers have been teaching themselves all sorts of things using Minecraft as a platform: the basics of computing by setting up their own servers, electronics components through the use of redstone, teamwork through collaborations on adventure maps and building incredibly elaborate structures. It’s this sort of value we see in the game that empowers its users to learn and discover real world concepts for themselves. We try our best at DIY to curate a variety of skills while keeping in mind that learning and discovery is unique to each individual. We’re extremely pleased to announce that we’re collaborating with a variety of communities to come out with innovative ways for kids to learn, explore, and discover.
Sneak Peek: DIY Visualpedia Handbooks
We’re working on a series of Visualpedia handbooks that will teach important and weird concepts to DIYers through illustrated models of systems. Look out for it in the DIY Market!
One of our goals here at DIY is to make it fun for users to remake projects that inspire them. From the “Cup Song" to the "Wolf on Turtle" meme, forking a project is like paying a DIYer the ultimate compliment. The forking tree tells a story of where an idea originated, as well as how others were inspired to remake an idea into something that they can call their own. Download the latest version of the app here and get started on creating something awesome. :)
A DIY playoff takes many forms – one variation is a medieval battle with handmade shields and swords.
A DIYer who goes by the named of Ogel (“Lego” spelled backwards) recreated the original “splash page” illustration we did when we first launched DIY…entirely out of duct tape. When asked how long it took him to create this scene, he responds: ”This took me about 25 hours over the course of 3 weeks. Thanks everyone!”
Thank you, Ogel - we’re honored!
A group of local Bay Area DIYers came by the office for an impromptu Brushbot Workshop.
We’ve got mail!
DIYer Apple Turnip just sent us a package filled with contraptions that he’s made over his summer break. They include a trihexaflexagon, a small knitted pouch, a monarch butterfly whirlgig, a CD with songs from his garage band, and a q-tip bow gun that he stressed is “not used, of course.”