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Pages: 4867-4873
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.0951

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

X MARKS THE BOT: ONLINE CODING-BASED TREASURE HUNT GAMES FOR CODE LITERACY

Coding games, both computer-based and “unplugged” ones, have been increasingly used over the past years to promote code literacy and to bring basic programming concepts to the larger public, in particular to children in pre-school, elementary, and middle school ages.
Chatbots on instant messaging (IM) platforms provide a modern and friction-free interface that allow software developers to instantly connect with a wide audience, making use of familiar conversational interface patterns.

“Code Hunting Games” is a chatbot-based multiplayer game, which engages multiple teams in a “treasure hunt” guided by a Telegram bot. On their track to the treasure, teams are challenged with a sequence of coding puzzles that must be solved using the conversational interface. At the same time, teams must move through physical space in order to reach geographical locations marked by a code, as indicated by the bot.

In this paper we present the implementation of the game and describe several large-scale deployments, including one Europe-wide game session during CodeWeek 2017 with more than 160 competing teams. The system is freely available online for custom game sessions.
We discuss the game's impact, in terms of engagement for children in particular, lessons learned during development and deployment, and future work.
@InProceedings{KLOPFENSTEIN2018XMA,
author = {Klopfenstein, L. and Delpriori, S. and Paolini, B. and Bogliolo, A.},
title = {X MARKS THE BOT: ONLINE CODING-BASED TREASURE HUNT GAMES FOR CODE LITERACY},
series = {12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-9480-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2018.0951},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2018.0951},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {5-7 March, 2018},
year = {2018},
pages = {4867-4873}}
TY - CONF
AU - L. Klopfenstein AU - S. Delpriori AU - B. Paolini AU - A. Bogliolo
TI - X MARKS THE BOT: ONLINE CODING-BASED TREASURE HUNT GAMES FOR CODE LITERACY
SN - 978-84-697-9480-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2018.0951
PY - 2018
Y1 - 5-7 March, 2018
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2018 Proceedings
SP - 4867
EP - 4873
ER -
L. Klopfenstein, S. Delpriori, B. Paolini, A. Bogliolo (2018) X MARKS THE BOT: ONLINE CODING-BASED TREASURE HUNT GAMES FOR CODE LITERACY, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 4867-4873.
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