You have to love science fiction and its fandom. We do the coolest things. Washington D.C. is to be home to the The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, and their big announcement this week is that they have migrated their Minecraft community server to a new super-strong dedicated box courtesy of Los Angeles-based web hosting company Dreamhost. The new server “runs at warp 9.5” and can support hundreds of concurrent online users.
The Museum itself isn’t open yet. They’re still in the process of site selection, despite a less than happy ending to their 2014 IndieGoGo campaign. They hope to have a preview Museum open this year, with the full version opening its doors in 2018. This hasn’t stopped them from being an active part of the sci-fi community, though, and they’re already engaging with full thrusters.
The game Minecraft has a surprising amount of educational value. The graphics may be simple, but the interactions between the players and the in-game environment can be insanely complex. The game lets users build amazing structures from its basic building blocks, including complex game logic and control systems. Parents all over the world slyly smile as they watch their children play the game and learn, without realizing it, the basics of project planning, artistic design, team management and communication, and computer logic and design. To add a little spice to the salsa, the Museum’s server is Star Wars themed.
Said Kyle Garber, Director of Museum Education and Outreach, “This new server is an awesome upgrade for our Star Wars-oriented Minecraft community. I can’t wait to see what they build next, now that it is ‘fully armed and operational,’ so to speak. We are really recognizing the potential that Minecraft has, especially in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Hosting science fiction building competitions, teaching orienteering, and building redstone computers are just some of the educational programming areas that we have planned for the server. The capabilities of our educators teaching in the game world, combined with the massive popularity of Minecraft among young people, provides a one of a kind and cutting edge educational experience.”
The server upgrade was a necessity because of the popularity of the server, and with this kind of enthusiasm engendered by the Museum about the potential of Minecraft as a teaching platform, it’s easy to understand how it got that way.
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About the Museum of Science Fiction
The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain.
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