Sarah Guthals, alum of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, STEAM leader

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think,” Steve Jobs said in a lost interview from 1995.

But for a beginner, learning to code from scratch can be intimidating.

Enter CodeSpells. UC San Diego computer scientists developed this video game to teach people how to code. The story line is simple: you’re a wizard that uses spells (i.e. code) to navigate through the world, fight off foes, and solve problems.

While experienced coders can delve deep into the programming to create some truly devastating spells, newbies can easily experiment with the simple drag-and-drop coding interface.

If you’re into Minecraft, the CodeSpells team has also developedLearnToMod — a tool that teaches coding through Minecraft.

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think,” Steve jobs said in 1995. But for a beginner, learning to code can be intimidating. Enter CodeSpells. UC San Diego’s Sarah Guthals has developed this video game to teach people how to code. The story line is simple: you’re a wizard that uses spells (i.e. code) to navigate through the world, fight off foes, and solve problems.

While experienced coders can delve deep into the programming to create some truly devastating spells, newbies can easily experiment with the simple drag-and-drop coding interface.

The research highlighted in this video has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation I-Corps grant.

http://codespells.org — To get updates and information about CodeSpells
http://learntomod.com — A similar software developed by us to teach coding through Minecraft
http://thoughtstem.com — Getting CS education into your classroom/school

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