Posted by: crudbasher | March 27, 2012

A Mindblowing Minecraft Project

Minecraft is a video game where you can build things in the world. It’s a lot like Lego for video games. According to this article (H/T  Toms Hardware) a 16 year old player named MaxSGB has created a working scientific calculator.

Check out this video. Basically he made a mechanical computer out of blocks. Awesome!

From the article:

The video itself explains that its overall size is more than 5 million cubic meters — just over 250 x 250 x 100 blocks. It provides 14 functions, BCD input, 2 BCD-to-binary decoders, 3 binary-to-BCD decoders, and 6 rapid BCD adders and subtractors. It also contains floor after floor of live decoders for quick conversions, a 20 bit (output) multiplier, 10 bit divider, a memory bank and additional circuitry for the graphing function.

Here are some thoughts about it.

  1. This must have taken a long time to make.
  2. This was not done for a grade. It was passion driven.
  3. Just off the top of my head he learned about math, logic, geometry, spacial relationships, project management, coding, and troubleshooting. These are all valuable 21st century skills.
  4. Some people dismiss video games as not a useful teaching tool.
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