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Thursday, August 18 • 11:30am - 4:30pm
The Da Vinci Coders: Teaching Programming with a Board Game

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In today’s society programming has become a necessary skill— some may argue as important as reading or math. Yet, children are not typically introduced to the topic of computer science until high school or even college. Further, schools that do aim to introduce programming to children at younger ages cannot always do so because of a lack of technological resources and funding. To address this issue we designed a board game that aims to teach middle school children how to read and write Java code without the use of a computer. The game goes beyond teaching basic programming and problem solving techniques and actually introduces real syntax and code to the players. After several play tests with the target audience we have found that children not only enjoy playing the game but also can actually write syntactically correct Java code when tested after play.


Danny Capaccio

Oxford, Ohio, United States, Miami University

Alyse Capaccio

Oxford, Ohio, United States, Miami University
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Nora Husani

Software Engineering Graduate, Miami University
My name is Nora Husani and I recently graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. I am really passionate about education and how we can leverage technology to improve learning. I am here to showcase my game "The Da Vinci Coders" which is an educational board game designed to teach middle school aged children how to program in Java.

Lauren McKenzie

Oxford, Ohio, United States, Miami University
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Bob De Schutter

Oxford, Ohio, United States, Miami University
I'm a designer, researcher and teacher. My research interests are game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of games for non-entertainment purposes.

Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Union South

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