Work with a specialized Minecraft server platform to explore and simulate environments and interactions in order to learn more about programming and science. Participants will learn how to leverage per-existing and program new modifications to the game Minecraft simulating different conditions. For instance, creators could help to create a Minecraft world that’s like walking on Mars, or where they could be shrunk down very small flying through the inside of the human body. The camp is sponsored by the department of Education here at UIUC so it’s free, and it will take place in the IDEALL location in the Education building. Research data will be collected about instruction and on log files, but not on participants.
We aren’t totally sure at this time, but it is highly likely we will use a combination of Minecraft Forge (client-side) and Spigot with various plugins (server-side). We’ll start by just assembling and deploying existing resources but move on to remixing and potentially writing our own, depending on participant interests and abilities. Our all-star instructor cast will include Jeff Ginger, Hong-An Wu, Alex Swanson-Linville and Professor Chad Lane.
Learning Process and Outcomes
Attendees will have a chance to explore a couple of topics within scientific fields. They will also learn how to install, leverage, modify and even write mods.
Participants will be able to join the server from home at any time and take home copies of any worlds or schematics they make at the lab. Campers who demonstrate a high level of responsibility and inclination to scientific experimentation may be granted moderator status on the server. We will also do a photoshoot day with shaders that will make for some pretty awesome desktop wallpaper images!