|This is a sample Fraction Mash screenshot showing one step in the process to Minecraft your face. As students tap grids on and off they are playing with fractions.|
The block faces of Minecraft (aka Minecraft Aesthetics)
|Minecraft faces are made up of blocks of colors that look like large pixels. In a world of realistic graphics in video games, many have been surprised by the popularity of the low resolution graphics in Minecraft. Students will generally be familiar with the game, and will enjoy the challenge to both Minecraft themselves while exploring the math of their “pixels” as they arrange and rearrange colors.|
A set of iPads with the Fraction Mash app
Depending on how much time you want to spend on this project, anywhere from 1 class period (if students are already familiar with Fraction Mash) to 3 class periods.
These lessons are designed for students to work individually, in pairs, or in groups. Each student should do all the work on their own sheets, and the iPad should be shared across group members as equally as possible.
We suggest that groups be no larger than four students. Four or more students in a group will require extra attention to make sure that every group member is contributing equally.
|A few color samples from Minecraft.|
If necessary, have students label their iPads so they will be able to return to them for the next lessons.
7) Choose one of the problems above and explain how it could be represented by a picture made with Fraction Mash? (Hint: It could involve a re-mix.)
8) How is the image you described in #6 like the images you made in this activity?
|Below are several sample screens that show how students will save images, import them to Fraction Mash to create re-mixes of the mashups. This series of remixes leads to the final design of a face that resembles a Minecraft face.|
|Step 3 in a remix. The reason students might do remixes in this situation is to warp the face slightly, so that key facial features line up in the grid the way they want them to. Notice that the eyes are further apart, and the mouth is lower from the nose than in the original pic on the right.|
|Now we see the green grid with eyes, nose, and mouth, and students can explore the fractions of their facial parts in the overall grid.|
|Lastly, the all important additional decorative details. But of course, more opportunities also to think about the fractional makeup of each part of the whole.|
|The final student example, Minecraft Your Face!!!|
|Volumize is another app from NYSCI that allows students to build with basic geometric solids in an introductory 3D modeling environment. Below see some sample screenshots, notice that the images from this lesson can be used as skins on the Volumize model, built on top of a screenshot from Minecraft.|
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