We are all going to look at programming principles using Minecraft on the Pi. If this doesn't motivate you to learn about variables, loops, if/then statements, and arrays, I don't know what will :)
TEJ4MI students..you're up first.
The newly released Minecraft: Pi Edition is a cube-for-cube remake of the Pocket Edition platform for mobile gaming, but with a little twist - it is programmable. That’s right, now you can enjoy the same block-ubiquitous world that is Minecraft with the ability to manipulate its environment through programming in any language!
The folks over at Raspberry Pi are excited about this release hoping to evoke the interest of more students into programming. Of course, this too is an exciting prospect for those already interested in coding. Now users will be able to have a command-prompt side-by-side with the Minecraft window and observe the immediate results of loop-writing on the block-building process. Yet again, another example of the benefits of learning through playing. The Pi Edition is playable without programming. Did I mention it’s free?
Install Instructions :
Download it here (for Raspbian "wheezy" with XWindows only): http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads
Boot up your Raspberry Pi with Raspbian. If you haven’t set XWindows to start automatically upon boot, type in “startx”.
Next click the icon for LXTerminal to open a new terminal window. Use the following commands (in bold) to download and launch:
To download it: visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.minecraft.net/pi/minecraft-pi-0.1.1.tar.gz
To decompress it: tar -zxvf minecraft-pi-0.1.1.tar.gz
To run it: cd mcpi
This will be the on-line binder for TEJ3/4MI