Project WHIMC hosts an open-source Minecraft server for free use as a core part of our research. It is a [no PVP] collaboration-oriented exploration server intended to help players who want to learn more about astronomy, exoplanets and building habitats in extreme settings.
Step 1: Overview and Controls
Not sure what Minecraft is or how it works? Some resources to get you started:
Step 2: Install Java Edition Minecraft
We use Minecraft Java Edition because it has a huge community of creators and astounding repertoire of extensions that can enable powerful and robust learning experiences. You can purchase it for OSX (mac) or Windows (PC) for about $27 or participate in one of our camps to borrow one of our accounts for free.
Only have an iPad? Sorry iOS, phones, Xbox and non-computers run Bedrock Edition and can’t use our server. Check out Minecraft Education Edition to find many tutorials and guides great for introductory learning for these simpler platforms.
Step 3: Sign up for our Server
Step 4: Learn More
Check out the documentation below to learn more about our other informal learning programming, building, making your own version and more.