Code Kingdoms, a London-based edtech startup, has launched a game that is designed to teach children how to code. The move follows Barclays' launch of Code Playground in January.
Children can work independently or in teams to build game levels, code new characters or explore the built-in worlds while aiming to defeat evil “Glitches”, the characters that seek to put bugs into code.
The game, which is designed to support the UK’s new national computing curriculum, is free to use in schools and should work across all platforms.
Founded by Ross Targett and Hugh Collins, who were selected to be part of the exclusive Entrepreneur First graduate accelerator programme, Code Kingdoms has already secured partnerships with BBC’s MakeItDigital campaign, Code Club and Teach First. The team has also already secured a total of £280,000 ($410,000) in seed funding from SparkLabs Global Ventures, EF (Entrepreneur First) AngelLab and Neon Adventures.
The founders hope the game will encourage students to pursue coding outside formal school lessons.
“We wanted to build something that would teach children a real programming language that they can use again elsewhere, while giving them something that they genuinely love to play, and keep coming back to play again and again," said Targett.
“We have spent a lot of time over the last year working with parents, teachers and most importantly children, to develop Code Kingdoms,” he added. “We already have 25,000 beta users, and we’ve been able to use their valuable feedback, as well as the input from the three thousand kids and teachers we have worked with directly over the last 12 months. Kids have even come into our office where they helped write small parts of the game’s source code.”
Peter Kemp, author of the secondary computing curriculum, said: “Code Kingdoms is a wonderful tool for teaching children how to program. The unique ability to switch between graphical and textual programming environments makes Code Kingdoms a great solution for teaching the new national curriculum."
A number of other companies are aiming to get children coding through games and courses, including Barclays, which launched its Code Playground initiative in January.
With the introduction of computing onto the National Curriculum this year, 24 percent of children say that the subject is their favourite. However, two in five parents don't want to help with homework, due to their own lack of knowledge in the area.
Children can build and share their kingdoms at www.codekingdoms.com
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