A game to teach programming, without you ever knowing it
Educational games can sometimes be a drag. The Munchers games were about as fun as a digital worksheet. There was no grand design and certainly not much more than a veneer of play. Machineers is an upcoming game that seeks to bury the education deep within the mechanics, and let your learning you be a function of play.
(Also I am pretty sure one of the characters in this game is Adabot post apocalypse.)
For Henrike Lode, creator of Machineers, in order for an educational videogame to exist as both simultaneously, it must be sneaky. “We are trying to prove that the receptiveness and motivation of players is much higher when they are not aware they are learning,” she says.
Machineers aims to teach players the basics and logic of computer programming by using metaphorical representations of programming concepts. Unlike Redstone in Minecraft, another metaphorical representation of programming that Lode considers too literal and “hardcore,” not once does Machineers even hint at the fact that these concepts can be applied in the real world.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.