Hour of Code
I went to the Hour of Code website expecting it to be a single tutorial to work through, so I was surprised to find there are nearly 200 different games to choose from. Helpfully they can be filtered by age, experience and technology. I chose Box Island, which is suitable for all ages, and installed it on my Android phone. It was very easy to use and in less than an hour I had completed the levels and was able to download a certificate (admittedly I did play it on the easiest setting!).
The Hour of Code website was completely new to me and I’m glad to know about it. I was impressed by the number of games and their apparent quality. It’s not directly relevant to my work, but it’s something I might look at again outside of work.
Nobel Prize Games
I also played some of the Nobel Prize games. These have been created to teach about Nobel Prize-awarded achievements. I played Blood Typing, Lord of the Flies and Control of the Cell Cycle. They were interesting – not really applicable to me, but could be useful to educators in the relevant fields. I could see them being used as resources for students studying for GCSEs or A-levels, for example.