Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blog 6

Our group is closing up our Minecraft project. After many long hours of mashing the right click button, we have finally made JLS come to life in the game. We have finished the portables (810-840), as well as the pool, tennis courts, bike cages, and the entirety of the new building. Anyone who has a Minecraft account can come take a look (Finally). The IP address is :

Over the many weeks, we've learned that communication and teamwork is key when creating a project like this. If one member of the project is going to create something, then the other team members will have to know what the layout of the creation will be like, being able to assist in the creation of many of the buildings of JLS. One of our biggest issues was scale and the fact that there aren't any diagonals in Minecraft less than 45 degrees. For scale, we measured for a while until we realized that an estimate would work just as well, sometimes even better (As if each block is one meter, then your character is two meters, which is 6 feet 6 inches). For the diagonals, we simply changed it so everything was a rectangle on an XY axis, making all the buildings following a right angle pattern. I really think that this project was something that couldn't have been completed without everyone working as hard as they could. I'd like to thank Anthony, Kyle, Eric, and Zakir (that way no one knows who wrote this blog) for working really hard with me on this project. One of those names is double stated.

Aerial View #1

Aerial View #2 (Pool included)

Aerial View #3 (We changed Leadership=Swag to just Leadership)

Aerial View #4 (The buildings that were supposed to be slanted are now perpendicular with the other buildings)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blog 5

This week, we have made a tremendous amount of progress.  The world is starting to look like JLS.  We have been using the /fill (fills a rectangular area of a certain substance) and the /clone (duplicates an area and pastes it somewhere else) commands to speed up the process.  We have finished from the flagpole to the 300s wing, as well as most of the Gym (all we need is the ceiling).  We have been working really hard in and outside of class, pausing only to post messages around the school (i.e. LEADERSHIP = SWAG).  This week, we hope to set up the bios of the staff, finish up to the 600s, wing, finish the gym, contact Mr. Sperry about putting it on the JLS Website, outline the thousands islands, and start the directions to the different classrooms.  It will be an action packed week, and it will leave us with only the finishing touches to complete.  Next week, we hope to share a complete and explorable model of JL Stanford Middle School.