Minecraft Level 2: Create Your Own Texture Packs

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Minecraft Level 2

Description: In level 1 you created a world to solve a problem. Can the user experience be enhanced in any way? In level 2 you are going to create a custom texture pack that enhances a user’s Minecraft experience.

Background Info: There are several type of image files including .jpg, .gif, .png formats (next time you download an image, check which format you are saving). Minecraft maps .png images onto the blocks essentially giving them their look. This means that if you want to change how a block looks in Minecraft you need to modify the .png file(s) that maps to that block. Below is the grass block and it’s default side and top texture images.

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Contrast with a grass block with custom texture images (Dragon Mount).

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Notes: The default texture images shown above are magnified x4 to show detail. All default texture images in Minecraft are 16×16 pixels (actual sizes grass_side grass_top). Note that the Dragon Mount texture pack uses images that are 64×64 pixels, 4 times larger, which allows for more details. So why are the default textures only 16×16 pixels? Smaller file sizes take up less hard drive space, but more importantly, load much faster and there is less of a chance that the computer will lag. Those are definitely things to consider when designing you own texture pack. But feel free to experiment with different sizes. And though there are texture pack up to 512×512 pixels, those texture pack may require a more robust system to play on. The only requirement is that the images are square and .png.

Getting started: Sometimes a good way to start is to get inspiration. Click here to check out some texture packs created for our current version of Minecraft. After a little bit of exploration, don’t forget to fill out a challenge proposal.

Starter pack: One way to get going on your own texture pack is to edit a copy of the default texture pack. Click here to watch a tutorial on where to save, unzip, and rename the starter texture pack. You will need this link during the video.

Editing the pack: Use your preferred image editor such as Pixlr Editor or Photoshop for example. In this video you will see a tutorial on editing the texture pack using Photoshop.

Ideas:  Think outside the box on this one. Think about audience. Who is this world for? Could this be a service learning project or idea? Your job is to brainstorm and design that texture pack. Then share it! Create a YouTube Screencast of your world using your texture pack, using Screencastify for Chrome.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Create a video “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

 

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Computer Science Level 2: Create an HMTL Interactive

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Skill Level: Computer Science Level 2

Badges Earned: CS Level 2

Description: To earn your Computer Science Level 2 badge, you will need to complete one course in Codecademy.com and create an HTML Interactive. This course is HTML and CSS  You can preview the course here. One you’re done, you’ll use Mozilla’s Thimble website to create your choice of a number of HTML and CSS interactives. Upload your evidence of completion for both the course (Codecademy profile link) and link to your thimble project, and you’re done!

[Note: if you already HAVE your HTML/CSS badge- great! All you’ll need to do is go on to Part 2. Woo hoo!

Part 1: 

Go to www.codecademy.com, sign up/in with Google, and start your learning adventure- now! Complete that course- and ask questions along the way. This can be done from anywhere (not just during STEAM time).

Part 2: 

Go to https://thimble.mozilla.org/ and sign up (using your Google Account).

Now- choose one of the following HTML / CSS interactives to complete:

Keep Calm on Carry on Remix

Create Your Own Comic

My Six Word Summer Remix

For each of these, to get your instructions, click on the Tutorial tab. It will walk you through each project.

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures, screenshots, and video, if you can. Why? We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges: When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below:

Now, go get your badges! 

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Machines and Robotics Level 2: LEGO Mindstorms Color Sorter!

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 2

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Description: In level 1 of Machines and Robotics you created a simple robot. The robot moved about a surface in the same direction, with the same speed, regardless of the environment. Basically, it did no thinking, made no decisions, did not react to input. In level 2 of Machines and Robotics, you will build a “smarter” robot: a color sorter. Your first task is to build the color sorter using the instructions provided below. Make sure you test your robot. Once you are satisfied that your robot works, improve it! What can you change to make it better, more useful, more efficient?

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.

Mindstorms Software:

Before you begin building, familiarize yourself with the Mindstorm Software (already installed on the desktops) and Mindstorm sensors. Click here to watch and follow along the 3 videos below.

  • Create your first program
  • Make your robot move
  • Make your robot respond to touch

Build, program and test your sorter:

Follow the directions in this document to build your sorter. The instructions do not include the code blocks, so you will put together the program yourself. If you have programmed in scratch, then you are familiar with the logic.

Improve your sorter:

This is where you get to show your creativity. Now that you are familiar with building, programming, and testing Mindstorm Robots, what improvements can you make? You can watch more videos here for inspiration.

Some tips along the way: Don’t forget to take pictures along the way. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Web Development Level 2: Codecademy Course

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Web Development Level 2

Description: In your lifetime, at some point, you’re going to need to understand how to create a website, and you’ll need to know some HTML. This Codecademy course will get you to where you need to be.

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What problem will knowing HTML solve?

Part I: Make sure you are logged in with your Google Username, then click here:

https://www.codecademy.com/learn the start HTML and CSS.

The course will take you a few periods to complete.

Part II: Create a basic HTML Website Using Webmaker

For this next part, you are going to create an original HTML site using the new Thimble. What is that? Check it our here:

What will you create? Go to https://thimble.mozilla.org/  (sign up) and click on the Remix this Project for the Back to School project. Before you go any further, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What kind of problem will your HTML web page solve? Make sure to:

  1. Follow all the instructions on the Thimble tutorial (inside the code).
  2. Change colors, text, and all elements, to make this truly unique and your own.
  3. Share it!
  4. Have fun!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Consumer Science Level 2: Google Cardboard!

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Consumer Science Level 2

Description: This is going to be so exciting! You get to make Google Cardboard. What is Google Cardboard? Google Cardboard is Google’s VR headset. Virtual Reality! We’re going to put all the components together to make one headset. This will take you through some basic laser cutting too (nice).

Small pre-requisite. You must go and get this badge first. You’ll have to create a simple object on the laser cutter first.

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Part 1: Cardboard Overview

At the bottom if this page, it outlines everything you’ll need to make Cardboard.

Part 2: Cutting Cardboard. 

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What problem would your cardboard solve? How can you distinguish yours from others?

Now, you’ve got to go back to a PC with Corel Draw and import these files for printing on the laser cutter. Remember that these are in millimeters. Here are your files.  Download this Corel Draw file for use on an Epilog Laser Cutter. 

Part 3: Get Ready to Cut

Set the Epilog for corrugated cardboard.

Part 4: Fold it. 

This will be tricky.You may need to look at our sample. Gather your rubber band and magnets, and you’re almost ready. This video shows you how to fold it:

 

Part 5: What next? 

When you have Google Cardboard, you’ll need to get the app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo&hl=en

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-cardboard/id987962261?mt=8

Part 6: Final part: 

Create a simple website on Weebly that shows it off. Give it your own brand name / logo. Show off your videos, and gain interest in the public to purchase it!

Discover some 360 degree video here

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Wearable Tech Level 2: Integrating Arduino into Soft Circuits

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Image via Adafruit.

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Wearable Tech 2

Description: The Arduino is an amazing tool that will allow us to program an LED to do things- like blink, fade, strobe, and more. Now- we’re going to take the Arduino Lilypad, and create an LED integration into a wearable piece of fabric.

Look ahead at the project. Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What will this solve?

Part 1: Learn Arduino First

Before you get started with Lilypad, you need to get accustomed to using an Arduino. Grab an Arduino kit, and go through these 2 tutorials first:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Blink

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Fade

Earn an Arduino Badge!

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Part II: Build an Awesome Sewn Creature and Add an Arduino Soft Circuit 

Let’s incorporate a Lilypad, which is different kind of Arduino- that can be programmed. See here to discover all of the different components to Lilypad.

 Create a Creature of Your Own Imagination:

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Doll-Friends-are-easy-to-make/

And Incorporate a Soft Sewn Circuit into this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Soft-Circuit-Button/

This one doesn’t use a Lilypad, but a Lilypad can be substituted and sewn into the design. Basically you have to ask:

What are you going to make happen when you press this button on your creature? You decide!

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Game Design Level 2: Create a BreakoutEdu Game!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Game Development Level 1

Description: Designing a BreakoutEDU game is a challenge! But the great thing is, when you’ve finished them, there are students and teachers all over the country – who will play your game! BreakoutEDU games have many different types of elements.

As Always, Fill Out a Challenge Proposal

Resources: 

Watch the video from James at BreakoutEDU:

http://www.breakoutedu.com/create

Step 2: Run a Breakout Game with a small group of students. You can use any available space. I suggest doing Candy Caper (http://www.breakoutedu.com/candy-caper). Ask your instructor for that password.

Step 2: Start here for the Breakout EDU Game Template.

Step 3: If you want to submit your game to the game store for review, click here. 

You can also check out some of the games at BreakoutEdu.com/games for inspiration.

Happy designing!

Ideas:

How are you going to make a unique game? What’s the story going to be? Can you figure out a way to use maker tech in the game to create unique experiences, like the laser cutter or 3D printers? Should you get more or different unique locks for your game? Can you make your own locks? Like this:

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Circuitry and Electronics 2: Circuit Practice

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Electronics and Circuitry Level 2

Description: In order to build more complex machines, we have to know how machines work. Most of them run on electricity! If you’ve seen and heard of people creating motors from pieces of copper, but haven’t actually done it, now you can!

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.

You may choose one of the two projects below: 

Your Own DC Motor:

Use these instructions below. We have magnets and copper, but you might need to get a few household items. It’s pretty cool.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-dc-motor-with-forwardreverse-and-self-start/

Once you’ve created this, think about something your motor could power or move. Can your design be any different or improved?

5 Minute DIY Motor

This one is simple, you could probably do it in a class period. The only think I would add to it is- can you make it move or do anything? Even if it’s so simplistic.

http://www.instructables.com/id/5-Minute-DIY-Motor/

NOTE: Can you think about creating something that has a different design? Is there a way you can improve the design? If so, document that in your process.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

 

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight

 

Soldering: Level 2: Surface Mount Practice

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Soldering Level 2

Description: This should be a good exercise for you to practice your surface mounts. For soldering level 2, you’re going to solder your initials into a small piece of PCB. That way we’ll know you did the work, and we’re looking for minimal errors. Links to get started:

Continue with the next part of the this article on Adafruit:

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guide-excellent-soldering/surface-mount

Now, take a sample PCB and solder your initials into it like so:

Mount example

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight

 

 

 

 

Aeronautical Engineering Level 2: Make a Mini Quad Copter!

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Needed (before starting): Soldering Level 1

Description: Okay- let’s get moving a little further on building a mini quad copter.Your job is going to be to solder the Hubsan Quad together– but your largest challenge, will be designing a lightweight frame for it. You can use Tinkercad.com or you could build an acrylic frame using the laser cutter. It’s totally up to you. You’ll need to use Corel Draw on a PC for creating the laser cutting file.

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: What kind of problem would your quad solve?

Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Part 1: 

Measure the parts and design the frame. Sketch this out using pencil and paper, to decide how small or big your frame should be. How are you going to hold the motors for the props in? How are you going to hold the PCB and battery in the quad? Make sure this is part of your design. When you’re done sketching, using www.tinkercad.com or Corel Draw, or other vector software to design your frame. Print it or cut it!

Part 2: 

Assemble your quad. Use the graphic below to see where you should solder your motor wires

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Do a little more soldering practice if you need to. If you burn this board, it becomes extremely hard to repair.

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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