Galacticraft Activity

Travel from Mesopotamia (10,000 BC) to Mars (2020 AD and beyond)

You can use Minecraft for many different Educational purposes, included below are lesson-plans and a scheme of work for using minecraft to explore Human History and explore the Moon, Mars, Comets and Asteroids.



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For more information on Galacticraft visit the Galacticraft resource page

The History of Space Flight.

One way of imbedding Space into lessons is to attach the history of Space Flight, Using the WoH map students can go from early human settlements to the City of the Future, by adding the Galacticraft resource pack students can continue through history starting with humanities  race to the Moon.

Goddard_and_RocketGoddard and the early rocket tests during humanities race to put the first human beings on the Moon.








Race to the Moon

Following a trip through history in World of Humanities learners can blast off into Space, this can be based around the actual space race between America and Russia in the 1960s.

In pairs learners race to build a rocket which requires a Nose Cone, Rocket Fins, Rocket Engine, and Heavy Duty Platings as well as a Launch Pads and a NASA Workbench (Full details of required items can be found attached). This virtual rocket can then lead to student building actual Pressure or Chemical powered rockets at School, where learners would pe required to build the body of the rocket, nose cone and fins, each can be linked to the Physics syllabus looking at stability, air resistance and thrust as well as the principles behind the rocket equation.

The International Space Station (ISS)

Students can go on to build their own International Space Station, it is recommended that they work in groups. Teachers could start with research into the ISS, included is a worksheet from NASA about the structure of the ISS.

It is recommended that you read the oxygen tutorial before the session to be able to help students, however given the correct items listed below they should be given time to try and solve the activity as a group.

Once you have the materials, grab your rocket and launch into space! Once the Planet Selection GUI shows up, select the “Create Space Station”, once one student has built a station, others can travel there to help develop it.

Students can then go on to learn about the effects of micro gravity on human health using Tim Peake as an example, as well as looking at life support systems on the space station and evacuation procedures should the ISS be at risk of destruction.

The Future

Humans are currenly at the dawn of a new age of space exploration as Countries and private companies like Space X race to be the first to put human beings on Mars. This will have many issues which can be investigated in Minecraft Edu.

A larger rocket will be required to get to Mars, students can build these if there is time, or give them the rockets to start with. Included is a minimum list of required items for a Mars Base.

Learners will be required to think about what items then need to survive and take them to Mars.

The activity will focus on making Mars Habitable by changing the Martian soil to be able to grow and farm crops.

Useful Links

World of Humanities, Galacticraft, Minecraft Edu, MinecraftWorld of Humanities (WoH) map



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