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.
Instructors may wish to use Multi-MC along with an instance with built-in tools for world modification and navigation. Follow the instructions here.
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.