When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If 3D printers do the work of making things tangible and real, then how do we turn something that already exists into a representation of the abstract?

A group of scientists, gamers, and of course, folks from Google may have found a way to make the popular world-building game, Minecraft, into a tool for teaching quantum physics.

It's a game mod called qCraft, and creators hope that stirring up ideas about these hard-to-grasp concepts may just help to create the next generation of quantum computer scientists.

Joining The Takeaway is Joel Levin, co-founder of TeacherGaming and creator of MinecraftEdu, which produces the educational version of Minecraft that has already entered schools worldwide.

 

Guests:

Joel Levin

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

Gianna Palmer

Comments [2]

RT from Santa Clara

This segment is an example of the many reasons why there should be a moratorium placed on the use in broadcast media of the word "quantum", for like, a hundred years.

Oct. 24 2013 03:42 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Clearly, out next Einstein will be a gamer...
I have an 8 year old daughter who loves math, and a 6 year old son who loves leggos, so I am super excited to hear about Minecraft as a way to learn Quantum Physics. Obviously, this is just the beginning for games to teach kids any subject, and obviously I won't be getting this game for my kids yet.
I did bring the kids to the Math Museum in New York, where there are many math problems to be solved in the guise of fun.My son in particular needs to be tricked into learning this way.

The only video game that I have ever played in my life was Qix. I always felt that if there were a science class to go with the game, I would have revolutionized Quantum Physics, so I am nothing but pleased to hear that Minecraft has turned their game into Science and that this is our path for education in the future.

Oct. 24 2013 01:28 PM

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