Minecraft Writing Assignment

To support our Minecraft Science project for Earth Day, write a description of the efficiency of your house.

Did you insulate your walls? Why?

Did you include skylights? A fireplace?

For each component of the design of your eco-friendly “palace”, describe the function of each.

Please post this to your blog.

Forget what you know | Jacob Barnett | TEDxTeen

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein’s field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher. His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard’s webpage. Jacob’s work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.

Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom’s garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end “math phobia” in his generation.

Minecraft Project – Earth Day

On behalf our Earth Day – and our Science curriculum – I challenge you with the following:

Design an environmentally friendly house (structure) in Minecraft. Your house must be energy efficient. Consider good insulation. Consider solar energy sources. Consider geothermal energy sources. What else can you do to reduce costs and be environmentally friendly? Be ready to give everyone a tour…




Particle Theory + Density + Heat Experiment

Today we are going to further explore heat and the Particle Theory.

Density is the ratio of mass to volume or mass / volume. When we heat matter, their volume changes because particles speed up and spread apart. However the amount of matter does not change.

Consider this bottle and balloon. The amount of air inside it is a constant because it is a closed system. When I heat the bottle, what happens to the air inside? Does it’s mass change? Does it’s volume change?

When an object’s volume gets bigger, but it’s mass stays the same – it becomes less dense. Consider density as a fraction of mass / volume. If volume gets bigger, but mass stays the same, the fraction becomes smaller. This means the object is less dense.

Let’s try it: