This was the last week of new material in MCHS, and we are all a little bummed that this session is coming to an end so soon. This week, the kids learned about the Northern Lights. Then they had to build an observatory with “northern lights” in the sky. Most kids opted for colored panes of glass; I think O8 used wool because she liked the colors more saturated. I have not grabbed the screenshot off her computer to verify that, however.
Sample shot from MCHS’ Facebook page:
Next week the servers are open for the kids to visit any of the past weeks’ builds, or to play in the creative or PVP servers. O8 has learned a lot about Minecraft, the subjects she studied, and also about teamwork and cooperative play. This has been a very good experience for her and we are signing up for the next session as soon as it is available!
This week on MCHS, the kids learned about Mount Erebus, the ice volcano in Antarctica.
The Learn It was actually a cool documentary done by a science writer who joined a team expedition to Erebus. They started in a little town in Australia, took a helicopter to Ross Island in Antarctica, and climbed the peak (mostly by helicopter, but still– cool.) The film was especially interesting because it talked about the conditions on the mountain that the team would encounter and the preparations they needed to make to do the trip. O8 seemed rather interested in the whole thing, which was nearly 20 minutes long (lengthy, by her standards).
After the quiz, she started on her build: an ice castle.
This is not her actual build, but it was posted on the MCHS Facebook page from this week’s class:
Next week: Northern Lights.
This week on MCHS, the class is learning about the Volcán de Parícutin, which appeared in a Mexican cornfield. After reading and watching a video about the Volcano and the Ring Of Fire, O8 took her quiz. This is the first time she missed a question, and she was kind of bummed about that (a good sign, in my opinion!) After the Learn It section, she headed over to the Minecraft server to work on her Build It project. The assignment was to build a farm field and place a volcano in the center of it. The team build project was to make a village surrounding a farm, with a volcano in the center.
Some screenshots from the MCHS Facebook page: