BrainPOP’s GameUp has six excellent free games to introduce students to coding and computer programming. Click on each link below to view our game resources, including related BrainPOP movie topics, lesson plans, game trailers, and tips and tricks for implementation:
1) Blockly Maze: Developed by Google, this game introduced students to concepts behind simple computer programming with a graphical editing tool that uses blocks instead of typed characters. Students learn to drag blocks together to build a simple web application, instructing a character to move properly through a maze in order to reach a specified target. The game covers simple directional commands, simple loops, while loops, and if-then-else statements.
2) Turtle Academy: This game introduces students to the popular programming language Logo which was developed as an educational tool in the 1960s. Logo is a graphic-based computer language that allows students to move a triangular “turtle” to create line graphics