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Kodu

Course Description

This multimedia adventure is the perfect course for aspiring coders. Student will create animated stories and games while learning programming concepts with Kodu. With this drag-and-drop platform developed by Microsoft, students will work with sprites and blocks to set a foundation of computational thinking – an essential skill in today’s tech-driven world. Kids think creatively and learn how to program their own stories, games, and animations, as well as how to share their creations on the web.

Creating your own program normally requires expensive software, in-depth knowledge of C++, years of spare time and a brain the size of a planet. But, Microsoft’s FUSE Labs say, there is an alternative. The Kodu programming Lab is so simple even a child can use it, and the results are attractive 3D programs that are playable on both the PC and Xbox 360.

Prerequisite

A Mac or Windows Laptop

Students will learn:

  • Program characters to move, converse, and respond to any situation
  • Create variables
  • Use if-else statements
  • Create and call functions
  • Use operators to respond to changes
  • Experiment with programming to build creativity and confidence

Skills Development:

  • Storyboard creation
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Adapting to new challenges

What Will Students Take Home?

Students will go home with a copy of their files and any assets they used to create their programming project or game.