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CodeSpells: A Magical Exploration of Java

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on UW Bothell’s student-run media blog, The Next. CodeSpells is a fantastic resource for kids learning to make programs, and we encourage all parents to take advantage of it.

Today I spent my afternoon giggling and clapping my hands together while coding in Java. Now, I’m not a complete novice when it comes to code; I’ve always enjoyed the coding I’ve done for my classes, but I’ve never been delighted by it. The reason that my coding today was so exceptional is that I was not nesting loops to make a box or plucking data out of an array—I spent my afternoon coding things to teleport or catch fire in the charming Java learning tool CodeSpells. Read More

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Fantastic Dads Make Games Better for Daughters

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Mike Hoye wanted his young daughter, Maya, to be able to play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but Maya had a problem. She wanted to play Link, but she didn’t understand why Link had to be a boy. Luckily her dad is a hero in his own right—he altered the game’s disk image with a hex editor and changed all the pronouns.

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