Chemists examine how atoms attach, break apart, and reconnect to create different molecules. We try to understand the chemical structures of all the things in our world. With our powers, we can create both really helpful and really horrible things. Get started on any of these 13 challenges and become a Chemist:

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10 months ago 113 notes

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.

10 months ago 164 notes

Minecrafter is now a skill.

DIY’s guiding principle is that all creative skills are important and our mission is to help people discover the ones that make them passionate. 

Many people working in tech today got their start building with LEGO and SimCity. At the time they were toys, though in hindsight they were essential experience to develop the creative confidence that’s so valuable now. Likewise we’ve been riveted by Minecraft since its transition from an indie game into a creative tool beloved by people of all ages. We believe Minecraft is as transformative for this generation as Photoshop was for ours.

It certainly seems that way already! Since we launched DIY last year Minecraft projects have outnumbered projects of any other kind. Many many thousands of Minecraft projects. At first look these creations seem like nothing more than game screenshots, but after you’ve wandered deep into them it becomes clear that Minecraft is a not a game, it’s a canvas.

We partnered with Mojang to create the Minecrafter skill to help recognize Minecraft’s potential as a creative tool.

If you’re a n00b these 16 challenges will guide you to learning Minecraft. If you’re already an expert, complete this skill to show what you’re capable of making and inspire millions with your ingenious Minecrafting.

The patch is available in the DIY Market.

PS. Shout outs to Zach Bruggeman for helping to author the skill, Isaiah Saxon for illustrating the patch, and everyone at Mojang for being awesome.

10 months ago 51 notes

Trending on DIY: Minecraft Pixel Art!

If you haven’t already heard, Minecraft is kind of a big deal. It’s an awesome 3D sandbox game where almost every element can be chopped down, mined, or dug up - and you can use the resulting materials to build whatever you want. Check out some of these awesome Minecraft Pixel Art creations from DIYers on the site and happy building!

11 months ago 54 notes