A new way to experience history
Today we are pleased to announce a partnership with the Digital Historian Project, an ambitious venture whose mission is to use modern technology to bring history to life in new ways. And their flagship undertaking is a perfect fit for MinecraftEdu: Project 1845!
The goal is to build nothing less than a full 1:1 reconstruction of historical Beijing in Minecraft. The team members, led by Davin ‘Botauri’ Taylor, already have the entire Forbidden City constructed and are diligently working away on houses, temples, farms, barracks, and more. MinecraftEdu users can grab the map right now on our brand new World Sharing site.
Here is a lot more background from the official announcement:
What Is Project 1845
Project 1845 is the first phase of the Digital Historian Project. We are creating the first full size virtual reality models from within the game of Minecraft that have the purpose to teach people a lot about a place in the world and a place in time that cannot be done today in the real world. From our main flagship model of the largest city in the world during the mid 18th century, Beijing City. We have lots more planned, from the Aztec capital city before the spanish turned up. The giza plateau as it looked like when the last great pyramid was sealed up. Pompeii before its destruction to Babylon during its golden age plus many more. These models can teach more than history, users can learn geography, town planning, foreign languages, foreign cultures and witness historical events, all from within a first-person perspective.
What is the Digital Historian Project?
The Digital Historian Project (or called DHP for short) is a mammoth undertaking of creating, essentially a 4 Dimensional Internet. Where knowledge is stored, not only in three dimensional environments but also in the fourth dimension of time. Eventually you can learn more than just walking through a model. You can witness historical events of global importance, you can learn skills that easily translate to the real world. have a personal experience of witnessing almost every moment of earth’s history. And earth can be just the beginning, explore the cosmos, to exploring pangea, from within your own home or school and without it costing a fortune. Were striving to create the perfect classroom where there is no classroom. Books and text have their place in the world but the best way to learn wisdom is by doing, experiencing and understanding. This is the aim of the Digital Historian Project.
How we are working with MinecraftEDU
We are releasing parts of our flagship model of “Beijing 1751AD” from inside the MnecraftEDU platform. Allowing teachers and students to use this resource to explore and understand Chinese history, in a way that no person can learn from watching a movie or reading a book. Students can walk around, explore things that interest them and solve problems that cant be put to students to test their skills until now. we have many projects planned and this is only the beginning.