At "Minecraft Challenge," kids in grades 2-5 are invited to play Minecraft in a social setting while learning skills from teen volunteers and from each other. Kids play on library laptops and do not need their own accounts or devices (although they may bring them). Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Interested teens can volunteer to help with this program.
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
Design Your Own Skin Challenge
This challenge teaches kids how to design their own unique skin using MCSkinner. If kids have their own account, they may upload their new skin immediately.
PAST WEEKS' CHALLENGES:
Partner Pixel Art Challenge
This challenge encourages kids to create "pixel art" in a flat world. Instead of building a 3D structure, they should build a 2D picture or statue, using colored blocks. When they are done, they may take a screenshot. Examples of last year's pixel art can be found here.
Star Wars Adventure Map Challenge
This challenge shows kids how to use an adventure map or “world save” to play a game created within the world of Minecraft. The adventure map for this challenge is Star Wars, by Hypixel. It also requires the Mine Wars texture pack to display correctly.
Ice Castle Construction
This challenge encourages kids to try building from a blueprint. If participants create a new world using this seed, they will spawn in a rare ice spikes biome, the perfect place for building an ice castle! The seed for this challenge is from Hypixel.net.
International Games Day Challenge
This challenge shows kids how to use an adventure map or “world save” to play a game created within the world of Minecraft. The type of game used in this challenge is a scavenger hunt game in which players have to find a chest of building materials in survival mode. The adventure map for this challenge was created by library staff.
Sonic Parkour Challenge
This challenge shows kids how to use an adventure map or “world save” to play a game created within the world of Minecraft. The type of game used in this challenge is a “parkour” game in which players try to move quickly through a course without falling into the water below. The adventure map for this challenge is Sonic the Hedgehog. (Note: while playing this adventure map, we learned that the timer does not work in 1.8.8. Still a fun map, but no way to confirm how quickly anyone completed the course!)
This challenge gives kids an opportunity to improve their mining skills and shows them ways to navigate without getting lost. If participants create a new world using this seed, they will spawn on top of a cave with diamonds, lapis lazuli, redstone, coal, iron, and gold. The seed for this challenge is from Epicminecraftseeds.com.
Mine Wars! Install a Star Wars Texture Pack
This challenge shows kids how to use a texture pack to change the look and feel of Minecraft. It’s also an opportunity to discuss downloading files from the Internet. After participants are used to the texture pack, they can dress like a storm tropper, build a giant light saber (a.k.a. a beacon), or come up with their own space-themed building challenge. The texture pack for this challenge is Mine Wars.
This challenge shows kids how to use a seed to produce a world with specific features and how to use F3 to see their coordinates. It also tests basic survival skills and gives an opportunity for boat building, and going to the End. The information for this challenge is from: Minecraftseeds.co.
Please note, these "how-tos" apply to the PC version of Minecraft running on the library laptops and may not work for all platforms and versions. Minecraft is a collaborative game with a great online community. You can find a lot more information and post questions on websites like Gamepedia's Minecraft Wiki.
Install an adventure map
To install the adventure map, download the zip file and put the folder inside in the “Saves” folder in the Minecraft directory. The easiest way to go to the Minecraft directory is from the Minecraft home screen. Click on “edit profile” on the bottom left, then click on “Open Minecraft dir.” You’ll see a list of folders including “Saves.” Open the adventure map zip file and drag and drop the folder inside (not the zip file) into the “Saves” folder.
Install a texture pack
To install the texture pack, download the zip file and put the file in the “Resource Packs” folder in the Minecraft directory.
The easiest way to go to the Minecraft directory is from the Minecraft home screen. Click on “edit profile” on the bottom left, then click on “Open Minecraft dir.” You’ll see a list of folders including “Resource Packs.” Drag and drop the zip file into that folder.
Next, click “Play” and choose “Options.” In the Options, choose “Resource Packs.” There are two columns. To activate a texture pack, move it to the right column. You can move texture packs by hovering over them until a gray arrow appears and then click on the arrow.
Create a world with a seed
After naming your world and choosing “creative," "survival," or "hardcore" mode, click “options” and enter a string of numbers into the seed field.
Upload a new skin
Log in to your Minecraft account online and go to "profile." Click the "browse" button and navigate to the PNG file for your new skin. Click "upload" to save your new skin to your account. You may have to close and reopen Minecraft to see your new skin. Remember to press "F5" to change your perspective in Minecraft.