The MakeCode Arcade Beginner Skillmap was designed to help address the rise of students learning at home, and improve the current inequities found globally today in computer science education.
This lack of diversity stems, in part, from the belief that programming is too hard or too boring. The Beginner Skillmap is designed to provide a simple drag-and-drop interface that engages students through an exciting and purposeful first set of coding experiences.
The Skillmap combines elements of gamification with traditional learning path progressions to engage and guide students who are new to coding. At each stage of the Skillmap, there are animated GIFs that provide previews of the activities ahead.
It also features celebrations at each path’s end, including certificates and confetti, as a reward for a job well done.
Future versions will incorporate additional gamification elements to incentivize persistence and pushing beyond comfortable limits. All Skillmaps will center around the creation of fun, engaging arcade gaming experiences that students love coding (or creating), playing, and sharing with their friends and family.
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