Electronics with Redstone

Grade Recommendations: 1-4, 3-6

What You will Learn

Electronics with Minecraft Redstone allows students to explore electronics in a virtual world with essentially infinite resources.

  • Using Minecraft’s Redstone blocks, which act as wires on a breadboard, students can build constructs representing electrical circuits and simple computer projects that are built in the real world.
  • This course is a great precursor to understand real circuitry, electronics and electrical theory.
  • This course allows students to gain an understanding of how computers are processing commands as they move on to other computer science studies, and take home their Redstone creations at the end of the course.

Program Learning Strategies

Bitcoin STEM supports a blended learning strategy which includes direct instruction, interactive instruction and experiential learning.


What is Direct Instruction?

Highly teacher-directed and among the most commonly used. This strategy is effective for providing information or developing step-by-step skills. It also works well for introducing other teaching methods, or actively involving students in knowledge constructions.


What is Interactive Instruction?

It relies heavily on discussion and sharing among participants. Students can learn from peers and teachers to develop social skills and abilities, to organize their thoughts, and to develop Rational arguments. The interactive instruction strategy allows for a range of groupings and interactive Methods. Interactive instruction requires the refinement of observation, listening, interpersonal, and Intervention skills and abilities by both teacher and students.


What is Experiential Learning?

It is inductive, learner centered, and activity oriented. Personalized reflection about an experience and the formulation of plans to apply learning to other contexts are critical factors in effective experiential learning. The emphasis in experiential learning is on the process of learning and not on the product.

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Course Content

  • Available for after school enrichment and summer camps

  1. Students will be introduced to the various inputs and outputs offered in Minecraft Redstone. The goal is to have the students be able to differentiate between what is an input and what is an output.
  2. Students will learn about feedback and shorts and ways to prevent it within Minecraft.
  3. Students will review and learn the importance of clocks and pulsars, and how they can be built differently, depending on their application. Students will learn what each gate outputs when given an input.
  4. Students will be engaging in exercises that allow them to use the AND and OR gates in an example to truly understand what the gates do and their importance.
  5. Students will be introduced to the inverse of the logic gates they have learned.
  6. Students will be exposed to T-Flip Flops, which in Minecraft allows buttons to act as levers.
  7. Students will review all the concepts that were covered in the program.
  8. After the review, students will participate in the player launcher contest (if they feel comfortable), which has them utilize what they learned to compete for who launches higher.

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Program Policies

With Bitcoin STEM, creating a safe learning environment is our top priority. Because we are a supplementary educational program (after school), we do our best to coordinate with the schools, after school care programs, educational agencies, etc. that collaborate with our organization to provide learning services, and we endeavor to uphold the learning safety programs they have in place. Because after-school procedure can vary from school to school, we like to inform all parents of general procedures and expectations for participating in a Bitcoin STEM course.

Students are expected to participate in all class activities as presented in class. Please note that multiple missed classes can impact the student’s depth of retention of materials and concepts.

If you find that your child is having any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the program, make sure you let their teacher know as soon as possible. Please make sure to encourage your child to be proactive in informing their teacher when difficulties arise during the program so that we can help find a solution.

Students in this program are expected to maintain their adherence to their regular school code of conduct, participation, commitment to active learning and participation in the class and also integrity in your behavior in the classroom.

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