Video Game Teaches Elementary Students How To Code
Ten to twelve year olds can learn programming by playing CodeSpells.
A team of computer scientists at the Jacobs School of Engineering of the University of California have created a video game that helps kids learn JAVA. CodeSpells is a first-person player video game that was developed to teach elementary and high school students how to use the widely-used programming language.
According to William Griswold who led the team of graduate students developing the video game, it's especially difficult to teach programming to younger students because of a lack of qualified teachers for the age group and because of the nature of programming itself. The video game was designed to keep the students interested and engaged while they learn the main components of JAVA.