MinecraftEdu World Library

Sheep Probability

Ages 12-14
Published by EduElfie  •  Posted 1460 days ago
Use sheep to explore experimental probability and compare it with theoretical probability.
Math > Statistics and Probability - Probability
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
World Details and Requirements
Created by: Stephen Elford, Shane Asselstine
World version: 1.0
Supported MinecraftEdu Versions: 1.7.10
World Type: Mission Based


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This world is has 3 activities built into it to get students exploring probability. The first activity students are to use the dispensers to randomly pick 9 colours to dye their sheep. This data is recorded on the linked google doc. Students then use a random number generator to pick 9 colours to dye a different set of sheep, this data is also recorded and then compared with the dispenser trial to being a discussion regarding the rumour that dispensers are not truly random in the way they decide which slot gets chosen to dispense from.


The second activity involved students looking at the expected results from breeding pairs of different coloured sheep and using this information to decide which colour they will breed their mystery coloured sheep with to try and correctly determine the colour of the mystery sheep in the least amount of experiments.


The third activity is a 'free build' area where students are tasked with building their own probability experiment in Minecraft and reflect on the differences between the theoretical and experimental probabilities.



My middle school students enjoyed this lesson. We only did activity 1 so far. Here is a student-written review. --------- Last week in class we tested the probability of a dispenser dropping out different colors of dye. We tested this by having nine sheep and nine different colors of dye. After the dispenser dispensed nine colors we looked to see what colors were distributed among the class. During this test students were assigned to record which colors were more common than others. This test was also used to find out if crowd sourcing was a viable process to find the most common and uncommon colors dispensed. The colors that were able to be dispensed were green, red, purple, black, grey, light grey, yellow, pink and blue. Many people thought that black and grey were the least common colors. I think this test was helpful to the whole class and I woud rate it a 7 or 8 out of 10. Thank you for reading my post.

Thank you so much for dropping by and giving me such a wonderful comment to read when I woke up to my email this morning. It is great to hear that students and teachers are using this, and that it works for others as well as it did for me. Just out of interest did you use the script I wrote, or did you do your own explanations for the students?

I did use the script, and it was very helpful!