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Pages: 4878-4884
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.0953

Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain

CODYMAZE: THE HOUR OF CODE IN A MIXED-REALITY MAZE

Recent initiatives promoting code literacy have often focused on engaging children, of various ages, with several kinds of games or game-like tools based on programming concepts. Many of these coding games have adopted grid movement mechanics that can be traced back to the Logo programming language and its memorable turtle. The same grid movement paradigm has successfully been applied to many modern code literacy instruments, as seen in popular online programming initiatives or so-called “unplugged” games that do not require the use of electronic devices or Internet access.

In this paper we present a mixed-reality grid-based coding challenge, which combines an easily replicable physical chessboard and an online component in the form of a Telegram bot. The bot challenges players with coding exercises in the form of dynamically generated grid movement instructions. By scanning codes that identify single cells of the physical chessboard, the bot is able to determine the player’s movements and to verify the correct execution of the proposed exercises.

We discuss the implementation, previous deployments of the game, past experiences and user feedback, permanent installations planned in the next future, and we propose CodyMaze as an easily-deployable and reusable form of the “one hour of code” exercise.
@InProceedings{KLOPFENSTEIN2018COD,
author = {Klopfenstein, L. and Delpriori, S. and Paolini, B. and Bogliolo, A.},
title = {CODYMAZE: THE HOUR OF CODE IN A MIXED-REALITY MAZE},
series = {12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-9480-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2018.0953},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2018.0953},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {5-7 March, 2018},
year = {2018},
pages = {4878-4884}}
TY - CONF
AU - L. Klopfenstein AU - S. Delpriori AU - B. Paolini AU - A. Bogliolo
TI - CODYMAZE: THE HOUR OF CODE IN A MIXED-REALITY MAZE
SN - 978-84-697-9480-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2018.0953
PY - 2018
Y1 - 5-7 March, 2018
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2018 Proceedings
SP - 4878
EP - 4884
ER -
L. Klopfenstein, S. Delpriori, B. Paolini, A. Bogliolo (2018) CODYMAZE: THE HOUR OF CODE IN A MIXED-REALITY MAZE, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 4878-4884.
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