The BBC has presented a computer game called “The Doctor and the Dalek”, as part of the Make it Digital initiative to get young people into computer coding.
A series of puzzles are featured throughout the game, where players must take control of the Dalek and programe it to “power up” its capacity to perform a range of tasks, such as flying. Each puzzle unlocks an achievement that helps the Doctor build the Dalek back to full strength, ensuring it can take on increasingly difficult challenges as the game progresses.
The puzzles are related to the new computing curriculum and are designed to allow children across the UK to pick up core programming principles as they play. Several key stage 2 and 3 curriculum points – such as combining instructions to accomplish a given goal, using variables to alter behaviour, repetition and loops, and logical reasoning – are seamlessly integrated into the gameplay and, most importantly for children, are intuitive and fun.
Why should wait until college to learn the basics? Now it will be possible to develop some basic computer science skills from Elementary School; this is a first step in learning about computing logic.
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