UCSD computer scientists create educational Java game

UCSD computer scientists have created an educational game geared to teach students from elementary to high school how to use the programming language Java, The Guardian reports. The game, CodeSpells, has been tested on 40 girls between the ages of 10 and 12 who have never learned programming before. The researchers reported their findings at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference in March. Their finds were also published in the SIGCSE 2013 paper. According to Jacobs School of Engineering computer scientist William Griswold, it is difficult to teach computer science to students below the college level due to a combination of unqualified instructors and the often frustrating task of engaging students while they cope with the difficulties of programming…

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