I can see doing gravity experiments to see if gravity works there the same way it works here, with air resistance or not. Drop something x number of blocks high and see how low it takes to fall. If we scale a block down to 1 cubic centimeter then we can recreate the virtual experiment in real life!
I use an STC kit, Energy, Machines, and Motion and never get to the final section on roller coasters. They are supposed to build the roller coasters out of k-nex but we could build virtual ones easier in Minecraft. Then we can see if the laws of physics work there, or rather how they don't.
I also like the idea of the launcher to recreate an angry birds like scenario. I'm wondering if we can take a screencast of a block being launched and put it into Vernier app I have to, video physics, to graph the trajectory.
The human body and cell maps are something I would use in a heartbeat. Using the different biomes for ecological studies is really cool (I really like the Hardings, ‘The Tragedy of theCommons’ mentioned in the academia article). I wish I could get $345 to buy 25 site licenses and the server software from Minecraft Edu! I already emailed my principal asking him if I can pursue doing either Minecraft or WoW starter edition this year with my 8th grade Life Science classes. 8)
Oh yeah, I'm digging Minecraft more and more! Like the pun? :D
The gates work correctly but are a bit of a pain to build, although there is a mod that is supposed to make it easier. Not sure if md is compatible with latest build though. You can also build a seven segment display and use it, my wiring is pretty poor though, and you can't have the segments toching(at least I can't).
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