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Code Master board game teaches coding to kids

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A board game to teach kids about coding.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.       He’s a former virtual reality researcher for NASA…and more recently has been teaching college level math and computer science.    And now Mark Engelberg is also the inventor of a board game….called Code Master….from ThinkFun….

“It’s a puzzle game and it comes with 60 puzzle levels.   And each level, you have a map that is kind of a maze of colored pathways.  And your task is to write a program that moves this avatar character from its starting location through the maze of colored pathways to this portal destination picking up crystals along the way.”

It can be played by anyone ages eight and up typically.   Why a board game instead of a video game?  Engelberg says the format really is more useful in getting young people…or grown ups…to be able to step through a program mentally.     Again…it’s called Code Master from ThinkFun.  You can find us at BootCamp.com.    I’m Fred Fishkin.

Categories: Kids | Computers