This is my final in-depth post! This has been fun, challenging, difficult, and at times frustrating and worrying. However, eventually I accomplished most of my goals, learned some new concepts and approaches to learning new things – and some skills that I will definitely want to grow during the summer and future.
For my learning centre I am going to show my journey and what I’ve learned with a slideshow, and will also show a video demo of the results.
To remind anyone who hasn’t read through my blog, or following all along, I decided for my in-depth project to learn to code and try to build a mod for one of my favourite games – Minecraft. I’m happy to report I learned to code a little (not 100% perfectly, and with a lot of help from my mentor to learn some of the concepts), and managed to create a basic mod which adds a few items to the game. Minecraft is pretty complex, even though it looks simple and some of the concepts took me a while to understand. Through quite a few sessions with my mentor we realized that there are some easier ways to approach the basics and, thanks to forge (the toolkit that exposes the ability to mod Minecraft), a lot of the necessary work is just a quick method away (by extending the parent class).
While I’m very happy with the results of what I set out to do, I wanted to mention some of the things which happened along the way and that I learned. I learned that I am good at imagining the final product, but have a hard time picturing the first step and the rest on the way there – my mentor(s) helped me with “iteration”. I learned many new skills (the basics of two different languages, object oriented programming concepts, a code editor, Minecraft code (!!). I faced quite a few obstacles and overcame them as well as bounced back or adapted. I wanted to build a weather mod in Minecraft, and spent a long time learning a language that didn’t initially help me. Weather mods are very complex and I decided to build something simpler but more successfully. I also met a really nice mentor who was super helpful and understanding as I was learning from scratch.
Will I continue this for my next in-depth? I don’t know. I have learned a few things about myself during this and one of them is that, while I love to MAKE things, I like to try NEW things. I will continue to improve on this project, but I am excited to see what the next challenge I take on is.
I hope you enjoy the links below and thank you for viewing.
- For a more detailed summary of what I did, check out this slideshow!
- For a quick demo of my mod “in action”, including indestructible pigs and olympic sprinter cows, click here!