Microsoft Imagine just released a trio of coding kits aimed at teaching game programming concepts to kids using Visual Studio and Unity. The kits include teaching slides as well as complete project files. The three new kits are:
Check out December’s exciting coding kits:
Crack the binary code, teach a safe the binary number system. Create the code for the safe to recognize binary numbers, apply it with bitshifts and then get the gold!
Use C# in Visual Studio with the Unity editor to complete Binary Break-In, a game where a safecracker needs in-depth binary number knowledge to open the safe. Use bitshifts in the code to convert numbers, and then learn to use Unity’s animation state diagram for triggering specific animations on events.
Play with projectiles and physics to clear the table!
Use C# in Visual Studio with the Unity editor to complete Block Knock, a game with the goal of clearing the table of all the blocks while avoiding the cylinders. Code camera controls, projectiles and use collision detection to learn more about physics.
Sow gems and bombs in the soil to create chain reactions and find diamonds.
Use C# in Visual Studio with the Unity editor to complete Diamond Miner, a game where players must use a limited number of clicks to discover diamonds while avoiding buried bombs. Program mouse click interactivity, create chained explosions, and learn how to randomize the levels for games!
You’ll need Unity and Visual Studio Community 2015, both of which you can get for free. Download these new kits or check out our full selection of coding kits on Microsoft Imagine. We add new kits every month, so come back often.
You can read more about the release here. It’s interesting to see Microsoft move away from Project Spark and toward Unity instead.