Having Fun Learning Number System and Computer Logic Gates Using MINECRAFT!

 

Our 2014 World Class: Learning Unleashed question is “How can we improve the way someone learns binary and computer logic gates?”

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We created a tutorial called “Having Fun Learning Number Systems and Logic Gates through Minecraft.”

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Every day we use computers, smartphones, tablets and the Internet but most people don’t know how a computer works underneath everything. Computers are all about numbers and the numbers computer like are 1’s and 0’s, or binary. By sending the 1’s and 0’s through things called “logic gates”, it compares numbers and those numbers can be used to compare even more numbers. By doing this super-fast, the computer can process complex problems. Computers process numbers much faster than we humans can. Everything we see on our screens and the sounds that come from our devices start with comparing or doing math on 1’s and 0’s.

We are going to teach you how computers work underneath your apps, texts, pictures and music. You will learn about different number systems that are important in computers and how computers compare binary digits. We’ll also show you where these things show up in the real world.

We hope you will find that binary and logic gates are simple to understand when you learn about them by playing Minecraft. Our tutorial is meant for 5th grade and higher, but we think that anyone who likes to use Minecraft can learn binary.

We tried to make our tutorial simple enough to understand even if you don’t play Minecraft.

If you’re new to Minecraft, it would be good to learn how to play. See Appendix A for help learning Minecraft.

If you have a copy of Minecraft follow along and build along with our examples. You can find full building schematics in Appendix B.

This season our team learned about number systems, logic gates and where they show up in the real world.

If you finish learning about binary and logic gates, we put some more advanced information we learned and wanted to share in Appendix C (octal and hexadecimal) and Appendix D (bits, bytes, nybbles and words).

We also learned good ways to share our tutorial with everyone around the world!

Our tutorial is licensed under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license, so you are free to study, apply, copy and/or modify this tutorial for any purpose. We got the license from the Creative Commons website: https://creativecommons.org/. We used their license maker to pick a license for our tutorial. The next page tells you about Creative Commons and it comes straight from their web site: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

We hope you enjoy using Minecraft to learn about number systems and computer logic!

The 2014 Pithons Robotics Team

Connor Betterly (7th grade)
Max Carnes (6th grade)
Jared Fine (6th grade)
Mitchell Shapiro (7th grade)
Caeden Schlosser (8th grade)
Tegan Schlosser (5th grade)
Brenna Sullivan (6th grade)

Download as Microsoft Word: Having_Fun_Learning_Number_Systems_and_Logic_Gates_Through_Minecraft_1.0.doc

Download as PDF: Having_Fun_Learning_Number_Systems_and_Logic_Gates_Through_Minecraft_1.0.pdf

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Our tutorial is released under a Creative Commons license:

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Having Fun Learning Number Systems and Logic Gates through Minecraft by 2014 FLL Team 434 “The Pithons” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://pithons.org/media/LCLM.