Kodu Kup was just the start – Here is TouchDevelop #breakintocode

I’m just writing this blog to really give a high five to one of my students at Uppingham Community College (Joseph – 8NH). He was very fortunate to work with a group of friends to become 2nd in Europe at the KoduKup and since then, has gone on to code even more! He first got a taste for TouchDevelop after developing his Kodu Kup game in different formats along with other students Jonathan (8NH), Matt(8NH) and Alfie(9TB).

Microsoft announced a new competition called break into code. I told the group that it was their opportunity to develop their skills further and get even further into coding. While developing the code for the competition we have been using Makey Makey kits in the classroom. He said it would be great if he could make his controller use the Makey Makey kit. I did explain to him that TouchDevelop allows you to use the Makey Makey library.

He has now entered the Imagine ‘break into code’ competition and he has developed his own controlled and also figured out how to code multiple levels! If this isn’t evidence that coding competitions help give students more confidence to try different things, then I don’t know what is! What ever happens in the competition, I’m incredibly proud of the game he produced.

I have attached some of the files here:

Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3

I will share his entry when the competition is over and will let you all have a go! You can buy Makey Makey kits from Amazon or Maplins for good value.

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About Raymond David James Chambers

I am the Lead teacher of computing at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby Northamptonshire. Previously I was the head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. In 2015 I won the Gold National Teaching award for Innovative use of technology. I also won the 2015 Young Game Bafta - Mentor award. I'm keen to help students achieve their best and like to give them opportunities to do this. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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