TriV CodeCombat Warriors
Girls Can Be Warriors Too!
Campaigns, Characters, and Collections
In CodeCombat, players can choose between a Dungeon or a Forest Campaign, each with levels that progress you through programming challenges and skills. Players can choose a warrior avatar and collect items along the way such as armor, weapons, a book of magic, and other accessories that they can buy from the store once they have enough diamonds which represent experience points. Clicking on the chest icon shows you what inventory your warrior has. The trophy icon shows the player what achievements were earned so far. CodeCombat will also have Hour of Code activities on their website during National Computer Science week in December, so be sure to check their website then.
Special Guest, CodeCombat CEO George Saines
We also had a special guest speaker, CodeCombat CEO, George Saines, who talked to our dojo about how he got his start, developing the game, and future plans including mobile access, new game features, tournament challenges, and avatars. George also spent time observing game play during the session and speaking individually to kids about the game and their passion for coding. In appreciation for our youth mentors, he gave each of them a CodeCombat t-shirt!
Enthusiastic Participation From All
Kids were eager to ask George questions. We thought the questions would never end! George answered all questions honestly and enthusiastically, sharing with the kids the company’s plans, changes and bugs that they are working on. He also encouraged girls not to get discouraged about programming and talked about his wife’s influence in ensuring female representation in the game. Kids enjoyed having their feedback taken seriously and being invited to contribute as beta testers of the continuing improvements being made to the game. Questions didn’t end with the session as many kids approached George after the session and discussion continued even into the parking lot with parents and kids. We had incredible engagement at this session and George has offered to return to speak at our dojo again in the spring. We’re looking forward to it!