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MINECRAFT EDUCATION

Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of Minecraft designed for education in a classroom setting. Education Edition allows teachers to have a fun and interactive lesson for their students through the game of Minecraft. Educators can create their own lesson plans using the resources available to them in game. The author has many free Minecraft lessons available for free. Aspects like Global Citizenship, Integrated Learning, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking are included to these lessons.

LESSONS AND IDEAS: Some of the eBook titles available by the author. Source: Five house Publishing. Free Minecraft lessons for teachers and students. Visithttps://fivehousepublishing.com/product-category/minecraft-lessons-for-teachers/

 

 

Space station - Minecraft Education  - author unknown

 

From the sketchbook of the author. Illustration of the Mars Rover. Ink and watercolours. 

OVERVIEW OF THE LESSON:

Design Brief: Create a Lunar Space Station

Individually, or in your teams, create a moon station to be used for deep space exploration. For example, reaching and establishing a space station on Mars (or elsewhere).

Keywords and Keyphrases:

Minecraft Education, Lunar base, STEM, collaboration, regolith, space exploration, moon, SpaceX, Elon Musk, LOP-G Moonbase, NASA, Roscosmos, moon dust, oxygen, food, water, space travel, spacecraft, physics, chemistry, moon village, design, deep space

Driving questions for this lesson:

  1. What are our plans with the moon?
  2. What is on the moon which we can use? Alternatively, how can we use the moon to our benefit?
  3. How could the moon be used as a space station or a place where people can live?
  4. What are the plans for future space explorations? Investigate Richard Branson and Elon Musk’s ideas (SpaceX)? How are they going to accommodate people in outer space?

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about the ethics involved in the Moon use by humans
  • Students will learn about mining Moon minerals from a Minecraft perspective
  • Students will learn about NASA’s, and Roscosmos’ new LOP-G Moonbase project and have their chance to design all or some of the LOP-G. Read more here: https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/04/nasas-proposed-multi-billion-orbiting-moonbase-used-to-justify-50-billion-space-launch-system.html
  • Students will design Lunar living facilities and consider modern lunar transport designs
  • Students will consider building materials. For example, regolith (dust on the moon surface) could be used in 3-D printing. Building blocks could be produced by using the regolith available on the surface.

 

EXCERPT OF THE FREE LESSON

Design Brief: Create a Lunar Space Station  

Individually, or in your teams, create a moon station to be used for deep space exploration. For example, reaching and establishing a space station on Mars (or elsewhere).  

Keywords and Keyphrases:

Minecraft Education, Lunar base, STEM, collaboration, regolith, space exploration, moon, SpaceX, Elon Musk, LOP-G Moonbase, NASA, Roscosmos, moon dust, oxygen, food, water, space travel, spacecraft, physics, chemistry, moon village, design, deep space

Driving questions for this lesson:

  1. What are our plans with the moon?
  2. What is on the moon which we can use? Alternatively, how can we use the moon to our benefit?
  3. How could the moon be used as a space station or a place where people can live?
  4. What are the plans for future space explorations? Investigate Richard Branson and Elon Musk’s ideas (SpaceX)? How are they going to accommodate people in outer space?

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about the ethics involved in the Moon use by humans
  • Students will learn about mining Moon minerals from a Minecraft perspective
  • Students will learn about NASA’s, and Roscosmos’ new LOP-G Moonbase project and have their chance to design all or some of the LOP-G. Read more here: https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/04/nasas-proposed-multi-billion-orbiting-moonbase-used-to-justify-50-billion-space-launch-system.html
  • Students will design Lunar living facilities and consider modern lunar transport designs
  • Students will consider building materials. For example, regolith (dust on the moon surface) could be used in 3-D printing. Building blocks could be produced by using the regolith available on the surface...    

Download the lesson for free: https://fivehousepublishing.com/product/minecraft-education-lesson-on-the-moon-create-a-space-station-for-exploration-into-deep-space/


Ten free lessons: I am an Aeronautical Engineer (Modelling in Minecraft and a STEM PROJECT - Water-propelled Rocket).

 

OVERVIEW:

 This resource and lessons include everything related to aeronautical science and space exploration. Teachers and students will find it exciting and very useful. The eight lessons include the study of the International Space Station (ISS). Specific aspects of sleeping in space, eating in space, the effect of gravity (bone density weakens/eye pressure drops, etc.) and more are discussed. The work of Herman Potocnik and Wernher Von Braun (space research pioneers) are touched on. Elon Musk, from SpaceX, is also studied. Ideas for living on Mars and the Moon are explored. Space wheel gravitation, concepts of Potocnik & Von Braun, are explained. A STEM project — design and build water-propelled rockets — is included.

MINECRAFT EDUCATION ACTIVITIES: Fun activities like modelling the ISS & designing a spacecraft — are some of the challenges in the lessons. The ten fun lessons cover a large area of space study and scientific concepts, and conclude with a STEM competition (rocket building). As a teacher, I have delivered these lessons to Junior secondary school students, and they love it! Note some areas in the lessons have been repeated - repetition is good to improve knowledge retention.  

Concepts and ideas of the proposedVon Braun Space Station - 1956. 

EXCERPT from one of the lessons:


ACTIVITY: In your groups, discuss future space stations and possibilities of living in space. Do you have any ideas? Consider the sketches of Potochnik and Von Braun. Take a scientific approach!

Time to plan a space colony: Read the BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20141002-time-to-plan-a-space-colony

Dr Von Braun's sketch of the space station. Credit image: Wernher von Braun, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.   Link: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Dr._von_Braun%27s_Sketch_of_the_Space_Station_8883912_original.jpg

See the video for excellent ideas for SPACE STATION AND SPACECRAFT DESIGN  - wheel shape and form.     


Are you interested in spirituality? Here is an article by the author looking at the parallels of space and Christianity. A FOCUS ON 'CENTRIPETAL AND CENTRIFUGAL' FORCES - LOOKING AT MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL FORCES.   

EXCERPT 1: POEM

True North

My bones and muscles are feeling weak.

I don’t feel any pull;

The influence of magnetic North is waning.

But wait—I feel something…

It is unfamiliar.

To go with the flow or to resist? – that is the question. 

What is this unseen force tugging on my jacket?

It pulls, and it wants to throw me – I could fly apart.

I feel like a cat swung by its tail,

Round, and round, and around,

I feel it in my head; I feel it in my heart.

My joints hurt.

My joints, bones, and muscles are aching,

What is this force drawing me to its core?

Help, I need some respite!  

Can anyone tell me,

Are there a different centrifugal force out there?

This one is hurting me.

Some report weightlessness,

They say they don’t feel a thing; they are numb,

There is no pull; they feel alone,

Are there any sensible centripetal;

and centrifugal gravitational forces out there?

Please draw me! 

By William Van Zyl

EXCERPT 2:

How could a science lesson, or an illustrated scientific concept, provide a spectacular model for mental health, motivation, and philosophical reasoning? Can a scientific model or concept shed light on everyday living? What we need today is equilibrium. The ‘weakening of joints, muscles and bones’ are rife (philosophical diverse thinking and Humanism).  In the modern world that we live in today – pulled in all different directions and threatening to fly apart – the question arises of how could we keep our joints, muscles, and bones strong and healthy (mental health)? What do I mean by a weakening of joints, muscles, and bones, you may ask? Some are experiencing no gravitational force; they are ‘weightless.

Let me offer an explanation - by looking at two pioneering aeronautical scientists and engineers of the past: Herman Potochnik (Slovenia/Hungary) and Wernher Von Braun (German/US). Their interest and passions? Solving the problem of space travel and space living in the future. The problem of living in space is the weakening of the human body over a short period...      

Continue reading: https://williamvanzyl.atavist.com/space-wheel-gravity-your-spiritual-force