Did you know that among all the other amazing things you can do in Minecraft, you can also build CIRCUITS!? They’re called redstone circuits. Using redstone components, you can build working circuits that power light and motion blocks.
They contain a power source (a redstone block or torch), a way to move or transmit that power source (redstone), and an actuator (redstone lamp, piston, minecarts, etc). By combining these in different ways, you can create beautifully simple or complex systems to activate or control mechanisms. You can even get interactive by adding pressure sensors and daylight sensors.
I spent some time on the plane ride back from LA on building clocks using redstone repeaters, logic gates, and random repeaters. Here’s one resource I found super helpful for explaining the concepts behind it (because the physics of Minecraft world operate slightly differently) and how to build.
I’m not totally sure what I want to do with this yet, but I’m looking forward to exploring this as a prototyping and teaching tool.