What Can Happen in an Hour of Code?

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How do you spark excitement about computer programming among preteen girls?

“Make me a Hunger Games arena.”

That’s the challenge Kate Miller presented to a group of middle schoolers during last summer’s Penn Girls in Engineering, Math & Science Camp (GEMS) at the University of Pennsylvania, where Miller is a sophomore bioengineering major.

Using Kodu, a visual programming language from Microsoft Research that makes it easy for students to create games, characters, and landscapes, the girls quickly dived into the task of creating a physical environment that drew on their shared interest in popular culture.

 Kate Miller with students

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Kodu meets Socl!

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We’re combining two FUSE projects, Socl and Kodu (better together, like peanut butter and chocolate!)   Kodu is our newest creation experience on Socl.  Besides collages, Picotales, BLINKs, and video parties, you can now invent your own games using a simple, visual programming language. Anyone can create with Kodu, whether you’re a kid or kid at heart! Explore worlds from the community on the Socl Kodu channel.


Kodu is free, but you’ll need to download Kodu to get started creating your worlds.  Start learning and get ready for Code.org’s Hour of Coding for Computer Science week December 9-15, 2013. Check out collections of some Kodu favorites here:

Kodu Classic Arcade

Kodu Board Games

Kodu Digigirlz 2013

Kodu Imagine Cup

Kodu Rollercoaster Worlds!

More information, tutorials and lessons plans are available on the Kodu Game Labs website.

New Kodu Version!

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For those of you that don’t know, FUSE Labs is also the home of Kodu Game Lab.  Kodu is a complete 3D game development environment designed to let kids create their own 3D games.  Kodu is built around a custom visual programming language that makes it easy for everyone to learn how to program.

The new version of Kodu includes lots of new features, here’s the highlights:

  • Touch is now supported as an input method.  You can also build games that use touch to control your characters.
  • We have a bunch of new characters all focused on making water games.  Heading the list is Octo.  Like a real octopus he can squirt ink and camouflage himself.
  • Programmable control for some of the world settings:  you can now change the sky color and lighting effects via programming.  The transitions can either be instant or you can have them happen over time.  Whatever works best for your game.
  • Programmable control of some character settings:  you can change a character’s size or max speed on the fly now.  Like the world settings you can control how quickly this change happens.

The focus on water characters isn’t by accident.  We’re also announcing the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge where the theme is exploring the relationships between water and people.  This is a chance for game developers ages 9 to 18 to compete in a world wide competition.  Oh, and the winners get some cash, too.

You can get the latest version of Kodu here: http://www.KoduGameLab.com

Find out all the details about the contest here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Mar13/03-19KoduChallengePR.aspx

Nice article about Kodu on Wired GeekMom

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It feels good to be recognized, especially for something you’ve put your passion and hard work into. So when Arian Coffin of Wired.com wrote such wonderful praise this week about Kodu, we all had to take a moment and smile.

Ariane describes herself as a programmer married to another programmer, raising their 2-year-old daughter. She mentions how Kodu leaves room for a child’s creativity and bridges the gap between video game play and video game programming.

Kodu helps break a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process. Our passion is to help children with critical thinking through logic and problem solving. We find these skills applicable to all academic subjects, business and personal relationships.

When we get such great feedback from a parent, we get to see our passion come to life.

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Explore Mars with Kodu: Mars Edition!

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Kodu Game Lab is proud to announce a new update to Kodu which highlights NASA’s mission to Mars, exploration of new terrain, and programming autonomous robots.

Announcing Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

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Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Foundation, the Educational Research group at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created the curriculum and tools to make video game design programs such as Microsoft Kodu more accessible in K-12 classrooms.

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Students at Oak Park Elementary are bringing their imaginations to life with Kodu!

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Students at Oak Park Elementary are bringing their imaginations to life.

Whether they are magical forests or underwater worlds, students’ dreams are becoming a reality on their computer screens. Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students are part of a pilot program that has fourth- and fifth-graders creating video games.

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11 year old Kodu developer received by President Obama at White House Science Fair!

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Hannah Wyman, 11, who attends St. Anna’s School in Leominster, Mass., won the grand prize in her age group (9-12) for her video game, “Toxic,” in Microsoft’s first-ever U.S. Kodu Cup. In Hannah’s game, which is now available for free on the Kodu Game Lab site, a player must solve puzzles and collect coins in order to remove soot from trees, zap pollution clouds to clean the air, and convince friends to plant more trees, all in an effort to save the environment.

Asteroids in Kodu!

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Tim Meek is a UK based educator and one of the founders of the innovative Kodudes program in the UK. One of his students made a remarkable Asteroids game in Kodu, complete with thrusters, shields and even smart bombs!

Not only does he demo his game, but spends time walking through his kode to show how he made it.