Discover Blocksmith: 3D Coding & Design

  • 2,995.00 USD
Enter Virtual Reality in Style!

Offering a unique opportunity to learn and explore, Discover Blocksmith: 3D Coding & Design comes with 12 one-hour lessons in programming and video game design. Using the Blocksmith Builder software either in the classroom or at home during distance learning, learners create 3D games and scenarios, bringing them to life through an extensive logic system. These creations can be played immediately, or uploaded to Virtual - and Augmented Reality viewing devices. With the Blocksmith Group license, instructors have full domain control to create a secure and distraction-free environment to trade and share experiences. A fun and exciting journey for students and educators alike, Blocksmith allows learning environments of all sizes to create, share and experience the wide world of video game design and virtual reality.

Grades: 4-12
Students: Groups of 30, 75, or 150
Contact Hours: 12+

Subject Targets:

Technology, Robotics & Coding

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Classrooms looking for technology and coding lessons
  • Classrooms interested in virtual reality
  • After-school programs
  • Home Learning

Technical Requirements:

1 device per student recommended. BlocksmithXR Builder software is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS devices.

For Builder Software:

  • Memory: min 2GB, recommended 4GB
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 2GHz class, recommended Intel i5/i7 class. AMD fully supported for PC’s
  • GPU: Intel HD, recommended Nvidia 900/1000 class
  • Windows: 7, recommended 10
  • Mac: OS X
  • Chrome: Chrome OS (with a strong recommendation to use Chromebooks with Intel Chipset)

Supported Viewer apps:

  • Android 5 (higher for Daydream & ARCore). Phones need to have gyroscopes to support Cardboard or any VR system
  • iOS 9 (iOS 11 for ARKit)
  • Visit blocksmith.com/download for more viewer options

Curriculum Topics:

  • Intro to 3D Design
  • Basic Animations & Events
  • Special Effects & Sound Effects
  • Object Spawners & Held Items
  • Hitpoints & Advanced Held Items
  • Intermediate Game Development, Events & Scenes
  • Collectible Items & Intermediate Level Design
  • Variables & Advanced 3D Design
  • Interior Level Design
  • Advanced Spawners & Nested Animation
  • Multiplayer Mastery
  • Community Engagement & Advanced Game Development

Training:

  • Half-hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One-hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Inquire about additional training options

Free 14 day trial available. Learn more here.

Blocksmith Licenses Include:

  • 1 Blocksmith Group License (30, 75, or 150 user accounts) with access code for Blocksmith account setup, printed on a color sheet of paper. See How it Works tab for further information on Blocksmith accounts.
  • 1 Blocksmith Educator Guide (printed & spiral-bound)

Blocksmith VR LAB Includes:

  • 1 Blocksmith 75-Group License with an access code for Blocksmith account setup, printed on a colored sheet of paper. See the How it Works tab for further information on Blocksmith accounts
  • 3 Oculus Go VR Headsets (64 GB)
  • 3 Oculus Go Cases
  • 1 Blocksmith Educator Guide (printed & spiral-bound)

Licensing:

Your Blocksmith Group License comes with three main components:

  • Access to the latest version of the BlocksmithXR< Builder software
  • Access to the Content Library and premium assets
  • Printed Educator Guide from PCS Edventures

Your subscription comes with access to all Blocksmith curriculum tracks and pre-made educational experiences. Students then use the BlocksmithXR Builder software to model objects and scenarios, bringing them to life with an extensive logic system. These can be played immediately from the builder, or uploaded to the class workspace and downloaded to VR/AR viewers.

The print curriculum included with this license is designed to support the 12-hour Program Bundles in the Blocksmith Content Library: Classic Games, Farm Sim and Royale Battles. While each course has a slightly different scope and sequence, any one of these three options can serve as an introduction to BlocksmithXR Builder, giving students the skills they need to pursue open-ended projects or more advanced curriculum tracks.

  • Classic Games. Re-live and re-make classic arcade games, but in 3D! Remake classic games like Frogger, Mario and Super Dodge Ball, and then customize them with ideas and game mechanics of your own.
  • Farm Sim. Learn how to build a Farming Simulator with a series of four games that let your players plant seeds, grow, harvest and take them to market. Students learn the basic concepts behind beloved economy games like Stardew Valley and Farm Simulator.
  • Royale Battles. Create a Battle Royale game in your own world! Learn how to make a 3D level, your own water pistols and eventually a completely customized multiplayer game.

These 12-hour Program Bundles come with detailed step-by-step instructions for students that can be viewed directly in the BlocksmithXR Builder software, while the accompanying printed Educator Guide includes key terms, background information, intros, closing activities for each lesson, information on standards alignment and additional technical information for instructors.

Classroom Management:

You have a couple of options:

  • Simplest: choose or let the class choose one track to go through together.
  • More Adventurous: let students choose which track they take on. While they will learn slightly different skills in each track, any of the three sets of quests will give them enough of a foundation to explore future courses or design independently.

Your Blocksmith Subscription:

Your group license includes a one-year subscription to Blocksmith. As long as your subscription remains active, you’ll have access to all curriculum tracks, premium assets and educational experiences. Expired accounts are downgraded to the Free version and lose access to all curriculum and workspace features.

For additional subscription information, contact support@edventures.com.

Does my Blocksmith Group license need to be renewed each year?

Yes. After your subscription expires, you will need to renew your license to continue using curriculum tracks, premium assets, educational experiences and workspace features.

If your Blocksmith subscription is not renewed, your and your students’ accounts will be downgraded to the Free version. Students can continue to use the BlocksmithXR Builder, but they will not have access to premium features or curriculum tracks.

How many student accounts are included in the license?

Group licenses are available in 30, 75, and 150 account groups. The Admin account does not count towards the total. Extra accounts may be added onto any base package in groups of 10 for an extra fee. Individual accounts may also be added on month-to-month for a small fee of $2.99 through the Blocksmith site.

Only currently active accounts count against your total. You can reuse the same Blocksmith account again and again with each new group of students by switching out their accounts in your Workspace Dashboard.

For example, you can teach a Blocksmith course during Fall semester with Class A, and then during Spring semester you can remove Class A from your Workspace and replace them with Class B to teach the course again.

Do I need programming or video game development experience to teach a Blocksmith course?

Not at all. Discover Blocksmith includes built-in, student-led curriculum tracks that allow instructors to learn alongside their students, regardless of their experience level. You will also receive an Instructor Guide with additional instructions, activities and support to help you get started.

Do I need VR equipment to use Blocksmith?

Not at all. Experiences can be played in first-person view through the BlocksmithXR Builder.

However, using a VR viewer adds a whole new level of engagement, so we highly recommend giving it a try!

What will my students learn from Blocksmith?

Discover Blocksmith teaches students many skills with real-world applications, including programming concepts (ie. logic, variables, spawners), user interface and user experience design concepts (UI and UX design), video game development, VR and AR applications, 3D modeling and more computer science topics.

For more information on STEAM careers that include skills that can be learned from Discover Blocksmith, check out our STEAM Career Exploration blog series!

Do any curriculum tracks include violence?

Blocksmith and PCS Edventures take great care to ensure curriculum tracks are appropriate for grades 4-12 — dodgeball is the most "intense" game in the Blocksmith curriculum.

The existing curriculum cannot be altered, but educators can make their own VR/AR experiences and curriculum tracks or import experiences created by others. Educators can choose what experiences to make available to their students in their Workspace.

Not every experience created by other users will be suitable for your class. We recommend playing through new experiences before making them available to your students.

Is Blocksmith compatible with Merge Goggles and Merge Mini Goggles?

Blocksmith is compatible with the Merge series goggles.

Merge headsets use smartphones for VR viewing. Install the Blocksmith Cardboard Viewer app from Google Play or the App Store. Then, tap the VR button in the app to switch to VR viewing mode and insert your phone into the headset.

I found a reference to credits. What are credits?

Credits were a system of currency that is now depreciated. You will not receive any credits, but you will have access to all premium features for as long as you have an active subscription. If you have any additional questions, please contact sales@edventures.com.

Habits of Mind:

16 thinking habits developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st-century learning environment.

  • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  • Persisting

21st Century Skills:

A set of widely-applicable abilities essential for success in the information age.

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Initiative and Self-Direction

© 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), p21.org. All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.

International Society for Technology in Education:

  • Aligned to International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) standards for technological literacy.

© 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). All Rights Reserved. ISTE was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.

Colin Falconer

Colin has a deep interest in learning, teaching and developing curriculum in STEM areas that can be seen in his years of experience as a Lead Instructor for PCS Edventures! Additionally, he has both volunteered and worked as a substitute teacher at schools in the Boise area. Since teaching, he has joined Blocksmith Inc as a Designer and Curriculum Developer. At Blocksmith, a VR-oriented startup focused on providing students across the nation with the skills to develop and experience their own creations in an interactive 3D environment, his hope is to see students approach education through a format that encourages creation and curiosity!

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