Minecraft allows you to build just about anything. Now, we're pretty stoked to see that the beloved building sim is being used all around the globe to create some pretty amazing environments teaching everything from physics to cellular biology.
It all comes courtesy of MinecraftEdu, a collaboration of some pretty smart educators from around the world who realize video games, especially ones like Minecraft, can be endlessly modified for a variety of concepts. It's a great way to get ideas across to students, and engage in a familiar way for those who are growing up in the digital age.
The savvy educators have come up with creative ideas to use Minecraft, from making students act as neurotransmitters in a lesson on synapses, to a main MinecraftEdu modder project that encourages students to explore virtual worlds — Mt. Everest, Ancient Babylon and other landmarks.
And in the spirit of modders everywhere, MinecraftEdu veterans have created games and tools ranging from the complex to a mod that makes the game easier to use — the latter of which is essentially a tool for teachers who haven't experimented in the world of Minecraft.
Don't be fooled into thinking this is just an educational snooze-fest for teachers. Students, many of whom are pretty comfortable in the world of Minecraft, are encouraged to use the game to create their own projects, and are making everything from 3D models of Bunsen burners to buildings, such as a hotel. Do you want to travel around the inside of a cell? You can do that. Do you want to learn English or understand the states of matter? You can do all that, too.
MinecraftEdu has tapped into what everyone else has known about Minecraft for a while. You can do pretty much anything you want — because in Minecraft, the world is yours to create.
The MinecraftEdu website offers discounts on purchasing the game, offers custom solutions as well workshops on how to use it. Check out one of the projects below, and for more visit Tecca's video gallery.
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there right now who wishes this was around when they went to school…