What do you get when you combine Minecraft PC with a dance mat, Makey Makey, and some conductive materials? Full-body Minecraft! This is a very challenging way to play Minecraft, that makes players use their entire bodies.
We currently we have enough equipment to set up a maximum of 3 stations of Full-Body Minecraft at events. Each station can accommodate a single player. Our standard setup allows kids to move around in Minecraft via a USB dance mat and hit things with a diamond (foam) Minecraft sword. We sometimes add more controllers, to do things like change the selected inventory item, place blocks, and more, but have found that unless kids have a lot of time to spend at the station, those extras tend to be way too much at once.
Want to have this activity at your event?
This is what you'll need to host this activity:
- Electricity. We currently only use all-in-one computers for this activity. You’ll see laptops in some of the gallery photos, but we stopped using those because kids kept whacking the keyboards.
- A minimum of 4’x4′ of space for each station. We usually take 2 stations to an event, and 10’x10′ is ideal to keep kids from accidentally (or otherwise) whacking each other with the swords. We also suggest anticipating a line, and sometimes a long one at that. We have had 30+ kids waiting in line for a turn at several events!
- WiFi is nice, but only necessary if you want the kids to play online. We typically just put Minecraft in Single Player, offline. If you want kids to be able to play against each other, and don’t have WiFi, we can bring a router and Minecraft server, but that requires some additional setup time.
- 1-2 Coder Kids Club staff to set up, monitor, and assist. The leads sometimes get separated, displays go wonky, conductive bits need to be adjusted, Minecraft needs to be reset, and kids need to be reminded to let the next person have a turn. We have timers to make that last one fair!
Please contact us for availability and pricing for this activity.
Want to do it yourself?
If you want to set something like this up for yourself, we have a tutorial for the sword part! The dance mat is easy; just get a USB dance mat and map the keys in Minecraft to the pressure points with JoyToKey.
If you wish to DIY, here are some resources that might help.
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