My 8 year old son’s Minecraft Roller Coaster Challenge

My son always plays Minecraft. After viewing some cool videos online I gave him the challenge to build his own roller coaster. He set out to do just that by learning on his own and making it happen. I think it turned out pretty good for a self taught 8 year old.

He would love it if you checked it out and perhaps had any cool suggestions for him to try to make it better or cooler. I lack any Minecraft knowledge and am not able to help him in any capacity.

I hope you enjoy and this is just one more example of the power of Minecraft. Despite not understanding how to do things, I do see the power of thinking and creative expression within the game.

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The Game Boy Returns to the Maurer Lifestyle

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Yesterday I had school and my kids did not. This means they are at the daycare all day. Aiden always begs for something to bring because his friends always bring their Nintendo DS’s to play all day. Aiden does not have one. I think he has enough videogame/screen time as it is between my Mac and iPad, but perhaps Santa Claus will be nice this year.

Anyways, I told him that he could bring my Game Boy. He was interested as he had no idea what a Game Boy was/is. I told him how this was the original Nintendo DS. I went back into my bins of old video games and tracked it down. It was still in working condition and ready to rock and roll. He tested out a few games and without my influence picked my favorite Game Boy game – Kirby’s Pinball Land.

I could not help but laugh with pride as he carried the Game Boy up the driveway. He was quite fascinated with the Game Boy and could not believe that this used to be the cream of the crop.

It worked. It was a success, but I think he is ready to venture back to the world of Plants vs. Zombies. I think I might have to venture back to the good old days of 8-bit land.

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