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ATLASCraft maintenance

Posted 30 Jul 2020

ATLAScraft had been out for a few years and since then a few major game changes in Minecraft had caused a few issues:

r/Minecraft - Something is wrong in my ATLASCraft

Image credit to Reddit user /u/Kurios_du_Soleil

Therefore I had to go through and make some major changes to the Map in order to get it all working again. 

Part of this included finding all the command blocks in the world using a script and then making a spreadsheet of them all. I then filtered by commands that had changed syntax / had other issues that were known and bulk changed them. I used NBTeditor to edit the commands in the Minecraft world in bulk.

I also used similar techniques to find the different collectables in the map including the standard model, the books and the dyes.

I also added 3D CERN hard hats often seen in press material for fun.

This was all in preperation for a session with Autism Family Support Oxfordshire, I have copied below an exert from an Abingdon School article around the event:

Over the summer holiday, ASP was asked to help provide activities for a programme of regular online workshops for young people supported by Autism Family Support Oxfordshire (AFSO).

Impressed by the remote activities developed by ASP staff and Science Ambassadors during school closures, the AFSO staff and the young people they support selected workshop topics and ASP delivered three of these during July and August.

The most popular by far, with 19 participants, was the virtual tour of CERN and the ATLAS detector in the Minecraft ATLAScraft world. Tour guides were Dr Sam Henry, particle detector physicist at the University of Oxford, and Senior Science Ambassador, Freddie Nicholson, who was a member of the original ATLAScraft development team from four schools, Abingdon, Fitzharrys, Didcot Girls and Portsmouth Grammar. Dr Henry was able to show participants a comparison of the ATLAScraft version of CERN with his own photographs from the real site, demonstrating how realistic the developers had managed to make the Minecraft model.

Freddie gave a quick lesson on how to access and tour the interactive activities embedded within the model and also explained some of the updates he has made since the original was created a few years ago. He has also modified the Minecraft characters by adding special CERN branded hats to the figures. As a result of this workshop Freddie was inspired to re-assemble the original development team of students and scientists for a very special new project which will be revealed later this year. This has the support of Stephanie Hills, former pupil of St Helen and St Katharine’s and now European Communications Director for the Science and Technology Facilities Council at CERN.

It was great to be able to work with AFSO and to inspire their young people with some science activities even though these had to be remotely delivered. We hope that this is yet another new partnership that will continue and that will develop further once visitors can be invited back into the ASP lab.

 

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