Book Description

Minecraft has sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide (about 25 million of those units for the PC and Mac). According to Mojang, since the beginning of 2016 Minecraft continues to average 53,000 copies sold per day. Microsoft bought Minecraft (and Mojang) in 2014 for $2.5 billion. In 2016, Microsoft released a version of Minecraft specifically for educators called MinecraftEdu that is used by thousands of teachers around the world.

Minecraft for Makers explores the intersection of this creative and beloved electronic game with the real world. It gives readers the opportunity to take familiar objects from the game - such as blocks, jack o'lanterns, and mobs - and make real-world versions of them. Begin with simple crafting projects using wood, paint, and LEGOs. Then move up to projects that involve basic electronics with LEDs. And, finally, advance to Arduino microcontroller projects that teach programming skills and basic robotics. The skills build progressively on one another, from chapter to chapter, and the emphasis is on fun all the way!

Chapters include:

  • Basic Projects (Item Frame with Diamond Sword, LEGO Minecraft Block, Minecraft Chess Pieces)
  • LED Projects (Glowing Minecraft Block, Glowstone Chandelier, Minecraft Chess Board)
  • Arduino Projects (Minecraft Jack O'Lantern, Night and Day Clock, Robot Creeper)
  • Table of Contents

    1. Titlepage
    2. Copyright
    3. Dedication
    4. About the Author
    5. Introduction
    6. Part 1: Basic Projects
      1. Chapter 1: Item Frame with Diamond Sword
        1. Translating Minecraft to the Real World
        2. Building the Item Frame
        3. Summary
      2. Chapter 2: LEGO Minecraft Blocks
        1. Translating Minecraft to LEGO
        2. Building LEGO Blocks
        3. Summary
      3. Chapter 3: Minecraft Chess Set
        1. Building an In-Game Minecraft Chess Set
        2. Building a Real-World Chess Set
        3. Summary
    7. Part 2: LED Projects
      1. Chapter 4: LED-Lit Minecraft Block
        1. Making a Wooden Minecraft Block
        2. Summary
      2. Chapter 5: Redstone Lamp
        1. Build a Redstone Lamp
        2. Summary
      3. Chapter 6: Light-Up Chess Board
        1. Building a Minecraft Chess Board
        2. Summary
    8. Part 3: Arduino Projects
      1. Chapter 7: Flickering LED Jack O’Lantern Flickering LED Jack O’Lantern
        1. Minecraft Jack O’Lantern
        2. Summary
      2. Chapter 8: Night and Day Clock
        1. Telling Time
        2. Summary
      3. Chapter 9: Robot Creeper
        1. Building the Robot Creeper
        2. Summary
    9. Appendix A: Arduino Crash Course
      1. Know Your UNO
      2. Sketches: Programs for Arduinos
      3. Next Steps
    10. Index