The CCEdu Resource Race!
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Lesson Time: 1-2 Hours
MinecraftEdu Settings: Student building disabled, MinecraftEdu or survival mode
In this world, students will be broken up into teams for the Great Resource Race! Teams will need to collect as much wood, wheat, and cobblestone as possible, but only using turtles. Before beginning, each team will need to rescue a turtle from the two-story maze house.
A sequence for students is below. I like to review these in reverse order using a projector before students log in.
- Students will first use the teleport block at the Spawn point to go to your team's station. There are currently six stations. Suggested group size: 4
- Once all students are at their stations, give all students a remote control.
- Teams will then navigate their robot through a two-story maze. This works best with one turtle "driver" using turtle vision and 3 navigators who guide the driver from inside the maze building.
- Once outside, the driver should move the turtle back down to the ground. Each team's turtle contains 3 identical turtles in its inventory. The driver can use the place commands to put the other turtles out into the world.
- From here, each team member may control one turtle or students may unlock their turtles to allow for open collaboration.
- Students should then brainstorm strategies for collecting the materials (wood, wheat, cobblestone) by using the turtles in the blocked off areas. Teams must decide how to split the three tasks between members and turtles.
Beyond the Basics
- The monitor outside the building will automatically record the team's time in the maze. This can become a separate competition if desired. Note that the recorded times will NOT be saved if the server is closed and restarted.
- Collected resources can be stored in a team's chest, indicated by a beacon.
- Opening the chest will also color-code a player's username and add them to a "team".
- This event is also logged on the server, making it a good way to track who is on what team.
- In the event of dishonesty, you could also check the server log to see if a player may be opening the wrong team's chest.
- An NPC named Steve will provide students with bonemeal, and other items to keep them going.
- Some items are given freely while others require a trade.
- Steve will also provide program templates that students may use that scaffold concepts like loops and conditional statements.
- Survival mode can optionally be used to put more pressure on the collection of wheat.
- At the end of the given time limit, or once students have perfected their programs, student building can be enabled. This will give students a chance to use the materials they have collected. Discuss later if any students continued to use their turtles even if they didn't need to.
Regarding Custom npc's
- Custom npc's is recommended for this world, but not essential. Without it, expect to see warnings about missing blocks or items upon starting the server. These can be ignored. If you would like to run this world without NPCs, you will need to provide a means for students to receive items like saplings, seeds, and bonemeal. This can be done through a series of command blocks or chests, or via the Give menu.
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