Do you Mine, Scavenger Hunt.
Do you Mine was the first lab in our first book, we wrote it as a way to introduce parents and kids to the style of activities. We hope that the labs bring parents and kids together using games.
Since we wrote this lab in 2016, Minecraft has had significant updates. It's the nature of writing a book that as soon as it's published, new materials and information are available. With this challenge, you'll have to find articles that weren't initially listed in the lab and focus on only more modern blocks and their real-life representatives.
My favorite update was the Aquatic update with version 1.13.
Your challenge is to find all the aquatic update features in Minecraft, then find their real-life equivalent.
If you don't live near a large body of water, you can find materials in your area that have similar features. For example, if you can't find kelp near your home, find a plant that is similar to kelp, learn the characteristics of kelp, and find a similar plant near you.
Here's a link to the Aquatic update features: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Update_Aquatic
Email your scavenger hunt finds to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll share them with other Minecraft families.
The Crafty Scavenger Hunt is a version of the scavenger hunt I created before we wrote our first book.
We're working on new Minecraft and STEAM challenges. Our plan is to post a new challenge every few days. Your job if you choose to accept it is to accomplish the challenge and share pictures of your creation. Be sure to work with your parents and get their permission before sharing your work.
Stuck at Home Build Challenge #1
Zombie Dance Party was one of my favorite labs from our first book Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids. I imagined it was late at night and the zombies are wobbling around on the dance floor. To make the labs in our books I had to learn new techniques. For this lab I explored redstone clocks. I'm fascinated by redstone and the power the game offers with red stone.
How have you used redstone?
Did you notice the torches in the zombie disco balls hanging from the ceiling? Did you notice the pistons that were to resemble a DJ station, perhaps turntables?
I challenge you to build a better dance floor. Maybe use newer blocks? Maybe make the dance floor more interactive? Maybe include other mobs, not just zombies?
If you don't have our books, no problem you can get a great preview on Amazon and Google Books.
Once you've designed and built a dance floor share pictures that can be shared with other Minecrafter fans. Be sure to check with your parents. In fact ask your parents if they have been to a discotheque, maybe they can offer some design ideas.
Email your pictures to email@example.com -I check this email all the time and will be waiting for your builds.
As a bonus, I've included never before seen image of my original dance party. This picture made me very uncomfortable to be so close to the greenie meanies.
Can't wait to see your builds!
Thanks for being a part of our third ever Bend camp!
You can download the worlds we used during camp here:
The worlds will work on your computer version of Minecraft. This site explains how to load a Minecraft world.
For all the photos that Chris took during camp go here:
Here's a link to our book.
Hope to see you next year!
You can always email or call me if you have questions:
Jeremy and I had an incredible time with all the campers. You are amazing.
Below you'll find links to various sites and resources that we used during camp.
The camp video show on Friday morning can be found here: youtu.be/G3JeG8DFY8A
All the camp pics that were taken and shared by the counselors is here: bit.ly/TTUMCPics
All the camp worlds can be downloaded from this shared Google Drive folder: goo.gl/QBCIJv
If you're interested in trying the mods you'll need Forge to load mods on your PC:
Download Forge here: http://files.minecraftforge.net/
CustomNPC's mod can be found here: http://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/custom-npcs/files
CustomNPC's allowed you to create non-player characters in the game (we did this on Thursday).
Computer Craft mod can be found here: http://www.computercraft.info/
Computer Craft tutorial wiki can be found here: http://computercraft.info/wiki/Tutorials
Welcome to the first ever TTU Minecrafter Camp!
Today's plan is a little different since we'll have morning orientation.
Tuesday-Thursday we'll start and end with the Survival Adventure/ Creative Challenge.
We're excited you're here and can't wait to see what you craft!
We had a blast!!! Thanks so much for being at camp.
You can download our group worlds here:
Download Your WOrlds here
Can't believe this is over already. Here's a link to a Google Drive folder with the Survival and Creative worlds.
Here's the link to the camp Worlds: https://goo.gl/UGcKRF
Thanks for a great Bend camp. Please send me screenshots of your builds, I love to see them. firstname.lastname@example.org
And here's instructions on how to load a map taken from Placing the MapOnce you have the map pack, it’s time to navigate to the save folder of your Minecraft profile. By default, the save folder is in the following location:
WindowsC:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\saves\Mac OS/Users/[yourusername]/Library/Application Support/Minecraft/saves/Linux/home/[yourusername]/.minecraft/saves/This is the location where all your existing Minecraft worlds are located and, if you place a downloaded save (which is what the map pack is) in the folder, it will appear in the list of games available when you launch Minecraft.
Remember, if you have created multiple profiles as we discussed in an early lesson, the save folder will be a sub-directory of that new profile folder. For example, if you make a profile specifically for playing older 1.6.4 adventure maps, you’ll need to place the maps in that folder (e.g. /.minecraft-164maps/saves/) and then load that profile in order to play the map.
Go ahead and extract the contents of the map pack you downloaded into the save folder. Note the name of the world. The name of the folder the world extracts to is the name that will appear in the Minecraft world menu.
Loading the MapFire up Minecraft and navigate to your saved game by clicking on the Single Player button. There you’ll find the map you just dumped in the save folder labeled “Mountain Sky Village.”
Note: The red text in the name of this map is a flourish added by the mapmaker and isn’t an indicator added by Minecraft to indicate the map is downloaded or different.
Click on the map and select “Play Selected World” to load it like a regular game map.
Feel free to download and play any of the maps we used during camp. The maps will work on Minecraft 1.7.10 and above.
Here's the link to the Google Drive folder with the camp maps:
If there are any resources during camp that you'd like to have, don't hesitate to contact Chris at email@example.com
Minecraft Camp BLOG
This blog was created to share our camp activities with the public.