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“Code Wars”

An App/Software Project
By Leyvin
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) at MS 301
Screen Shot 2022 05 09 at 10 08 11 PM

About this Project:

I like games, and coding is a cool skill, so I decided to combine them. Some of my favorite games are Fortnite, Minecraft, and Call of Duty, so I wanted to make a game with a similar feel, but one that would help me and other kids learn to code. My hope is to have a game so fun that kids like me will want to learn coding, which will help them get into college or to get a job. I want a game where instead of paying extra to get cool things I can code to create, customize, and win!


Video games are one of the most popular things that kids do with their time. Coding is a good skill for kids to know. Combining coding and video games could make new kids want to learn to code and get good jobs in tech someday. Kids should also have fun while they are learning. I learn best when I am having fun, and I think other kids will too. In this game paying money for extra stuff wont help you win, but learning a new skill will!

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Feedback from the Judges:

Henry McKelvey 👏 Adjunct Professor, Computer Science at University of the Potomac — Emoti-Con Judge
Very good work, indeed. I see this game more in the lines of being a software PC or Mac-based program than an app. The scope of coding may be too wide to be covered by a simple app. However, this is a great concept.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen 👏 Associate Professor at Lehman College / City University of New York — Emoti-Con Judge
Cool concept! Check out this list of games that help kids code: https://bit.ly/3x9Zd6E Do you think your game could be an adventure game where each new level is a new form of coding skill or new language to master?

Andy Saldaña 👏 Co-Founder & COO at QueerTech — Emoti-Con Judge
A very good start to designing your game. Your thought around how to engage players to learn a new sill is great. As you continue to design your game think about what you want the player to accomplish at each stage and what coding skills they will need to learn to get there. Good job!

Olivia Ing 👏 Founder, CEO at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
A wonderful concept. The idea that you earn something cool only when you code and create something (vs. paying for them) is a great idea. Game design is very much about figuring out what will motivate the player to keep going and how to keep them engaged. It is a fun behavioral exercise - I would strongly recommend exploring those motivators and using them to influence your gameplay design. Keep it up!

Joey Raiton 👏 Education Modernization Team Head of Design at Meta — Emoti-Con Judge
Love that you are so passionate about coding to figure out a way to combine all your interests with it! Coding is such an essential skill to learn, but it can also be fun – and you figured out a way to show that to the rest of the world, while promoting the idea that kids could potentially get jobs in tech someday. I’m also excited by your “Coding Tips of the Day,” as that seems like a bite-sized way to learn something new about code on a daily basis (especially because sometimes coding can be overwhelming!). I am excited to see you expand the “code weapons & tools” + “code skins & emotes” by prototyping out what these could look like and displaying them visually in the app! Overall – great job.

Feedback from the Community:

andy 👏 a Middle School Student from NYC
I like how you make it, it have a cool short video and it got a tutorial and the game

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