Matheminecraft teaches kids hard mathematics with Minecraft

Mathematician David Strutt of the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, has developed a Minecraft-based game to teach kids math ideas not usually taught in school. He took the "Euler cycle" as a basis - a classic puzzle, from which follows the most important theory of graphs for electronics. Only here, instead of boring calculations, you have to cheerfully run along the paths until the ground under your feet becomes "lava".

In its simplest form, the Euler cycle can be described as the task of drawing a complex shape without lifting the pencil from the paper or crossing previously drawn lines. Snake game on old mobile phones uses a similar idea, but here you can add the traveling salesman problem, maze paths and other puzzles. In Matheminecraft, the gameplay is based on traveling between several castles, with the player choosing the path himself.

Since the game was created for children, the conditions are extremely simple and understandable - the path behind the player immediately falls into cracks with lava. You cannot go back, you cannot cross the already passed points, you can only start over. Strutt promises that after this puzzle he will adapt several more to the specifics of Minecraft, as soon as possible. While children are forced to sit on vacation, they need to exercise their brains - so why not combine this with some good fun?