Since the original publishing of this article, CODE ANGEL was successfully funded, and can be found here.
Learning to code has never been easier than with a Raspberry Pi computer. These computers, the size of a credit card, are designed specifically to teach children how to code. In this day and age this is, of course, something incredibly crucial to learn, considering how much we use computers every single day.
Schools in the UK have used Raspberry Pi in their classrooms, but there isn’t always enough time to actually teach coding properly. However, with Code Angel, your child can learn to do this on her own, at home, on her own time using the Python programming language.
What is Code Angel?
Currently, Code Angel is a Kickstarter project that launched today at 15:00 GMT, or 11am EST. It was founded by Mark Cunningham, who had the idea to teach “the principles of computer programming through 12 amazing game projects”. The game projects include (but are not limited to) an Alien Invasion Game, Tic Tac Toe, and Mini Golf.
When you purchase Code Angel (which will be about 25£ — about ~$32 — at the time of its release) it comes fully loaded with everything your child (or even yourself) will need to learn how to code these games. The code of each game is explained by computer science teachers via video, teaching your child beforehand how to code the game so that they can learn as they go along. And learning how to code games specifically should keep your child more engaged than a typical coding course.
What if you’ve made a mistake, and you can’t figure out what you’ve done wrong? Code Angel themselves will explain how to fix your bugs if you upload the code to their website.
Every graphic needed for the game, and every sound needed, are already availiable with Code Angel when your purchase it — all you have to do is implement the code.
There’s two different ways you can purchase Code Angel as well. There’s Code Angel in a Box, which gives you your own personal Raspberry Pi computer and everything else you need to start right from the box. There’s also Code Angel Digital, which is perfect if you already have a Raspberry Pi. This form of the program allows you to download and stream the content from Code Angel’s website.
Mark Cunningham decided to do this project out of a place of passion. “Code Angel is not gender specific,” He told me. “[But] as a Computing Science teacher and father to [two] girls I am passionate about getting girls into coding/computing”.
In his press release for the project, he goes on by saying: “Computer programming is a key 21st Century skill, but it should also be fun and give the learner a sense of achievement. With over 20 years of experience of teaching computer programming in schools, we know what motivates learners and we know what causes barriers to their learning. We also believe in developing computational thinking skills.”
You can visit their Kickstarter to support them here! There are a lot of great perks if you decide to help fund the project. You can also visit their Twitter account here to get more updates on the project as it moves forward, and also check out their website!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mariah Loeber is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FemSTEM.com. She studies English and is a huge fan of things STEM. Find her on Twitter.