In case you have been living under a rock, there is a new Star Wars film coming out – December 17th is the day to diarise if anyone in your household is even slightly obsessed. And along with all the merchandise (which is absolutely everywhere) there are also some cool projects for kids to get involved with, like building a galaxy (with code or programming, not Lego, silly). You get to hang out with BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO and maybe even Princess Leia. Oh, so now you are interested.
Disney (the makers of Star Wars) have teamed up with Code.org, a not-for-profit dedicated to getting everyone (especially girls and minorities) involved in computer science. Building a Galaxy with Code is all part of the organisations The Hour of Code – a one-hour introduction designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of programming.
Aimed at ages 4 – 104, your kids get to play the completed games on their/your smartphone and share them with friends and family. The third-annual global Hour of Code campaign runs December 7-13, 2015.
As a dad of two daughters (with very basic HTML skills) I love the fact that they are so many female role models in the tech sector. Shows just how much our world is changing (hopefully for the better) and how integral computer science is to just about everything. The number of products aimed at kids (of all ages) is also testament to this, from friendship bracelets to programmable robots.
Right, ready to build a galaxy far, far away?