LabCraft is a community-driven mod for the popular video game Minecraft (published by Mojang). LabCraft is meant to be used as a teaching tool and to expose children to various biology-related disciplines. Feel free to contact any listed author if you’re interested in helping develop or deploy LabCraft.
We will be using 64-bit Java version 8u25, so make sure you get the jdk for that version from Oracle’s site.
After some digging, I found a new version of Minecraft Forge for Minecraft 1.8. It is already in the GitHub, and a tutorial is shown below. I do not think that we each need to do all the setup steps since it is in the shared folder.
If you are using Eclipse, you should use the import projects wizard to import all projects in the entire GitHub repository. You should find 3:
Include all of them in your workspace.
Other related project links:
Backbone vector synthesis
Bacteria (E. coli)
centrifuge to collect protein
dye === medium if applicable
run gels (to teach size separation principals); gel acts like map in game.
Use extractor to get proper protein from gel? Or maybe just something like HPLC
Protein and Membrane Biophysics
General Lab Equipment, Setup, Protocols (keep it easy, but make it somewhat realistic - ie collecting samples, centrifugation, adding and measuring appropriate fluorescent markers. All data should be clean too, not “raw” data but something that is immediately useful. Perhaps a later development could export raw data to ComputerCraft for them to mess with, but that’s a completely different story.)
It may be beneficial to make our stuff work with these common mods. ComputerCraft lets you program in Minecraft, someone even made a version that lets you do Python. Thus it is a cool system to teach programming. Our system would teach whatever we want to do with biochemistry / biophysics.
MineChem / Advan