Kickstarting Codemancer, a game to teach programming to kids (especially girls)
Codemancer: A Fantasy Game that Teaches the Magic of Code is a fully funded kickstarter to produce an educational game to teach programming to kids, especially girls. Players solve programming challenges to advance through the game, and there's a course for translating your Codemancer skills to coding in python. The developer, Robert Lockhart, has created and shipped games before, which bodes well for this one's eventual release.
$20 gets you the game for Windows, Macos, Ipad and Android.
'Codemancer' is an educational game designed for 9 to 14-year-olds (but fun for grownups, too) that teaches the magic behind programming. Players will code their way through a fantasy world full of rival sorcerers and their minions. It will be available for PC, Mac, iPad and Android Tablets.
The goal of the game is to be as broad and inclusive as possible. A gender-neutral fantasy setting, a female protagonist, a narrative backbone, and a language designed for accessibility; these are all ways to knock down barriers that prevent some kids from engaging with programming. When everybody is making technology, the technology they make will be for everybody.
'Codemancer' features a moving story about a girl trying to grow up and do good despite incredible obstacles. Aurora's Father's life is in her hands, and that's a lot of pressure for a child just learning to be independent.