For Educators and Researchers

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    Getting Started

    New to Minecraft? Not sure what it is? Check out this tutorial

    Curriculum and Lesson Plans

    Want to assemble your own curriculum? Use a combination of the resources below!
    Teacher guides for each world including learning opportunities
    Lesson plans, slides, worksheets, evaluation methods
    A narrated educator walk-through video of the server

    Additional Resources

    ICAN student learning prompts and configuration files
    WHIMC Astronomy Learning Module
    Shorter WHIMC Server Astronomy Learning Module
    See the latest exoplanet discovery methods and traits!

    An online learning activity where students explore methods of exoplanet discovery and analysis
    Books on “What If” astronomy scenarios by Neil Comins
    3D Printing and Collaborative Design Camp
    Past Fab Lab 3D Printing and Collaborative Design Camp
    The companion educator guide for the PBS Nova Exoplanets lab to help instructors create lesson plans and align to standards
    Video on “What if the Moon Didn’t Exist” by Neil Comins
    ComputerCraft Lua Coding Camp scenarios and lesson plans
    Minecraft timeline animation

    Research Through Design Resources

    Sample Data Collection Instruments

    Are all available online at

    Learning Environment Design Process

    How to convert NASA’s 3D models of the Martian surface into a Minecraft world!
    Datapacks are a great way to create “alien” looking worlds that use the built-in Minecraft generation engine!