While normally leery about promoting opportunities for kids to play computer games, I think I have found the exception. Meet Kodu, a free new tool that lets kids from the ages of 8 and up build their own video games. There are a lot of real-world skills kids can learn from doing this since Kodu is a programming tool, kids are creating their own game vs playing one. Using Kodu lets kids use their imagination and have the ability to analyze a problem and find a solution, something they will need to do all of their life. It’s a unique way to actually make learning about science, technology, math and engineering fun.
For teachers and homeschools, the Kodu team has created curriculum to use as a classroom learning project. Also if you start now, there’s a competition called the Kodu Cup for kids 9-17 with great prizes for the best games created. The contest has started and runs until May 10, 2011 so you have time to create a great entry.
Happy programming kids!