On Saturday, February 6 strange things started happening at littleBits HQ. Creepers jumped out from every dark corner. Dozens of houses sprang up in the lounge. Flashing lights filled the room. Big scary cats were tamed by young girls.
If you guessed Minecraft had something to do with this, you’d be right. We partnered with Girls Who Mine, a wonderful group of girls and parents who meet to play Minecraft and learn from each other, to run a playtest for our littleBits + Minecraft mod, bitCraft.
John Keefe and Jodi Jefferson, two parents who each have two tween girls, formed the group after listening to their daughters’ desires to connect with other girls who loved Minecraft. “We are fostering a nurturing, supportive, non-competitive environment to empower young girls with a passion for coding, building and creating; surrounding them with like minded girls” explained Jodi. They’re doing a pretty darn good job at it.
Over 40 girls and their parents came for an afternoon of pizza, mining, and buzzing. Two girls presented their creations for an inspiration kick off. Stan, our ninja Minecraft modder, demoed bitCraft. The rest of the meetup was free play. And play we did.
Some mashed up Minecraft with littleBits…
….some went straight for the Bits…
….and some lounged and modded houses on a shared server.
Stay tuned for a debrief on the forums about our learnings from running a bitCraft workshop with a larger group of people and a handout with tips, tricks, and ideas for leading a workshop.
BITCRAFT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG.