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Students like playing computer games; they do it to enjoy themselves, spend some relaxation time and change from their daily scholastic routines. CodeSpell, a new educative game, gives students the possibility to enjoy their time while still learning computer science in an indirect way.
This tool was originally developed by Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster (UC San Diego) when working on their PhD project within the field of Computer Science. This game they developed, gives students the possibility to develop spells, which can be then be used within the game to go from one stage to the next. These spells can be casted through very basic programming code; hence students start practicing their programming thinking and coding skills. It is a very visual appealing application, hence the probability they students will be interested is very high.
The more skilled one becomes at developing these spells, the more creative and interesting does the game develop. Even the surrounding environment, can be designed and created by the player themselves.
This video below is a code spell trailer giving one a better idea of what does this game consist of:
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