Kitronik ARCADE has proven incredibly popular since launching back in October, but, there's one question we've been asked a lot. Is it educational? The answer...YES!
ARCADE is an ergonomically designed, programmable gamepad for use with MakeCode Arcade. Featuring a full-colour LCD screen, programmable buttons, vibration motor for haptic feedback, buzzer, and an extensive choice of games for you to code and play!
What is MakeCode Arcade?
MakeCode is accessible for all and makes learning to code a fun, engaging and personalised experience. With a wealth of resources to help beginners learn to code, Kitronik's ARCADE is a great hardware device to get started on!
1 - Tutorials on MakeCode Arcade
Haven't coded before? No problem. Go from novice to natural with MakeCode tutorials! Follow clear and simple instructions and learn how to code different games in no time! With colour-coded blocks, it is accessible to even the youngest of learners. Plus, personalise games with your favourite coloured background or design your own sprites too.
It's a fun way to engage your children and get them active in coding, designing and making. Additionally, it promotes individual learning as children can follow these simple instructions alone with minimal support! Once completed a step in your tutorial, why not see if it works? There is a Game Simulator which allows you to test the game out before you download it onto our ARCADE.
It's proven to be a great addition in the classroom! If something doesn't seem to work quite right, don't panic! There is a puzzle symbol that will give you a demonstration or display of how it should be done so that you can learn from your mistakes.
2 - Lessons on MakeCode Arcade
Want a bit more detail? Why not have a go at a Lesson with MakeCode Arcade. A structured guide that talks you through learning objectives, lesson sections, detailed instructions and visual materials to support your learning.
It's ideal for classroom environments where teachers can give more information and support on how the coding process works, rather than physically coding a game in the block editor. Containing a similar format to tutorials on MakeCode Arcade, an easy-to-follow colour coding system makes it easy to follow the information on the screen.
3 - CS Courses on MakeCode Arcade
Courses are an in-depth way to learn a whole lot about coding and more! With lots of videos, information, teaching materials, subject-related study and more, CS Courses on MakeCode Arcade offer a free platform full of opportunity for learning.
4 - Community Games on MakeCode Arcade
After, share your masterpiece with the world and encourage collaborative learning amongst fellow gamers just like you. The MakeCode Arcade platform is for all to share, no matter how much skill or experience you have.
5 - Graphics and Math on MakeCode ArcadeGo through several tutorials that explore Graphics and Maths in a fun and visually effective way. From finding prime numbers using the Sieve of Eratosthenes method to sorting algorithms! Combine this with coding for the games and you have a wealth of information that you can take advantage of for free! MakeCode Arcade has been designed to allow everyone, from beginners to experienced game enthusiasts, to create retro arcade games to run in the browser or on handheld consoles. There really is a wealth of resources that you definitely take advantage of! Take a look. Click here to sign up.
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