Showing posts with label Kodu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kodu. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kodu Imagine Cup - Create Games and Win Prizes

Microsoft's Kodu is a free, Windows-based program that anyone can use to create video games without writing code. The drag and drop interface relies on users being able to manage "if/ then" scenarios to design a rich gaming experience. Kodu users create the setting (trees, mountains, rivers, etc), specify roles for characters, and place characters in their games. Finally, students program what players can and cannot do in their games.

To encourage game development through Kodu, Microsoft is hosting a new Imagine Cup. This Imagine Cup is a contest for kids between the ages of nine and eighteen. The contest asks entrants to design games that explore the relationship between water and people. The contest has a category for 9-12 year old students and a category for 13-18 year old students. First prize in both categories is $3,000. The submissions will be accepted until May 17, 2013. Get the complete contest details here.

Applications for Education
Microsoft offers a classroom kit for teachers who are interested in using Kodu in school. That kit will help you get started using Kodu with your students. Designing games for this particular contest could be a good activity to use as part of a lesson on environmental science. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Exploring Mars with Kodu - A Lesson Plan

Microsoft, in conjunction with NASA and the California Institute of Technology, recently released a detailed lesson plan (link opens a PDF) about Mars exploration. The lesson plan is designed for middle school students utilizing the new Mars Rover worlds in Kodu.

In Search and Explore Mars students explore Mars for rocks and minerals. The lesson plan asks students to evaluate and analyze their findings. For example, students need to identify sedimentary and igneous rocks on Mars. In all there are 23 terms that students should become familiar with through the lesson.



Applications for Education
I gave the Kodu Mars worlds a test drive this afternoon. I'm not a skilled video game player by any stretch of the imagination, but I can see how middle school students would get hooked on playing the game to find and analyze rocks and minerals on Mars. I played the game on my Lenovo ThinkCentre and had a little trouble with the controls (again, that might be partly due to my inexperience with video games). In the lesson plan they do mention that a wired Xbox 360 controller is helpful.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Build Your Own Games and Enter the Kodu Cup

Microsoft's Kodu is a free Windows-based program that anyone can use to create video games without writing code. The drag and drop interface relies on users being able to manage "if/ then" scenarios to design a rich gaming experience. Kodu users create the setting (trees, mountains, rivers, etc), specify the roles and place characters in their games, and program what players can and cannot do in their games.

To encourage game development through Kodu, Microsoft is hosting the Kodu Cup. The Kodu Cup is a contest for kids between the ages of nine and seventeen. The contest asks entrants to design their best games and submit them for judging. There are two age groups and the winner in each will receive $5,000 cash and a trip to New York.

Applications for Education
Microsoft has published a selection of guides for teachers and trainers and a classroom kit for teachers who are interested in using Kodu in school. Click here to view the suggested math lessons associated with Kodu.

There are a lot of Kodu tutorials on YouTube, below are a couple to get you started.





H/T to Audrey Watters at RWW.