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Building STEM with Minecraft


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How do you start young people out with STEM skills, and DevOps in particular? Make it useful, make it fun!

I taught my nine year old nephew to take his Minecraft game to a whole new level by showing him how to administer a remote Minecraft server, a Docker container running on Digital Ocean.

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Building STEM with Minecraft

  1. 1. Sara Jarjoura Cyrus Duczkowski with BUILDING STEM T E CHN O L O G Y E N GI N E E RI N G S C I E N C E M A T H
  2. 2. Hello! I AM SARA JARJOURA DevOps Engineer, Teradata I am passionate about gaming and education You can find me at @saranicole
  3. 3. Howdy! I AM CYRUS DUCZKOWSKI aka GRIMREAPER2015 I am here to demonstrate collaborative learning in the Minecraft community
  4. 4. The Urge to Play Gaming as Motivation 1
  5. 5. “ Either I’m going to kill myself or I’m going to turn this into a game. - Jane McGonigal author, Reality is Broken
  7. 7. Why do you play? o “games are fun” o “my friends play” o “it’s challenging”
  8. 8. ???
  9. 9. Playing to Win Games as Teachers 2
  10. 10. Gamification
  11. 11. Why not gamify schools? Questing, looting, leveling ... oh my!
  12. 12. game-based learning for 21st-century competencies
  13. 13. But first we need a tool ... one that kids want to use
  14. 14. copies sold for PC 140,633 servers online 36,002,898 users registered players 24,153,083 copies
  15. 15. Digging for Diamonds Minecraft for DevOps 3
  17. 17. Kano Computer Minecraft Education Edition
  18. 18. Docker Image itzg/minecraft-server MINECRAFT FOR EVEN BIGGER NERDS Ansible Playbook saranicole/stem-minecraft
  19. 19.
  20. 20. DO TRY THIS AT HOME! o * Register on o git clone saranicole/stem-minecraft.git o pip install –Ur requirements.txt ansible-playbook main.yml / --private-key=~/.ssh/minecraft_key * Costs $$ !
  21. 21. Thanks! ANY QUESTIONS? You can find me at @saranicole
  22. 22. CREDITS Special thanks to the Duczkowski Family Geoff Bourne (itzg) for the Docker image
  23. 23. LINKS Kano Minecraft SuperBetter Minecraft-server on Docker Hub stem-minecraft on Github